Last week we met with the Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist that will be providing services within the Hub. Below, learn more about our therapists, and their area of expertise.
Samantha Offutt Hyali, MS, OTR/L
Samantha, owner and primary therapist for Children at Play will offer individual occupational therapy (OT) sessions and small group OT sessions at the Hub. The goal of Children at Play is to help children become the best they can be while providing support for the families throughout the therapeutic process. Our occupational therapists use sensory integration principles to provide client centered occupational therapy services to children. At Children at Play, LLC therapy looks like play, as therapists guide children to the "just right" challenge. Occupational therapy services help children build new fine and gross motor skills and improve their interaction with the world around them.Children at Play is dedicated to providing comprehensive pediatric occupational therapy services to children. We use sensory integration principles to facilitate improvements in all areas of development.
Children won't feel like they are doing work at Children at Play. We use a child lead approach and work with the child's strength to guide interventions. We set children up with the 'just right' challenge in order to build skills and improve confidence. We know that when children are stressed or overstimulated they cannot make progress, so we strive to make therapy engaging and fun.
We believe that parent education is an integral aspect of any therapy program. We strive to help parents better understand their children's behavior and how implement therapeutic interventions in the home.
We strive to help each child become the best that they can be, and to educate parents on setting their children up for success.
Ana Curtin, MS, CCC-SLP, PC
Ana provides high quality and innovative speech pathology services through her private practice in the Annapolis area, which prioritizes the development of spoken language and muscle function of the mouth in children with mild to profound speech disorders. This approach is generally well suited for children aged 1-12 and individuals who require creative therapy such as those with ADHD, sensory integration, and behavioral concerns. Ana is well regarded for having success with children with apraxia, low tone, oral motor concerns and those who have made minimal progress through other treatments.
Employing a variety of strategies and approaches in treatment, the cornerstone of Ana's therapy is PROMPT. The PROMPT system uses a hands on and whole child approach to address complex issues with spoken language. While several therapists have learned some of the facial manipulations used in PROMPT, the philosophy, used by the few who are currently certified in it, varies greatly from traditional speech therapy in how we identify, prioritize and approach a child’s needs. Advanced PROMPT requires a complex and long training process. Ana was the first and only speech therapist in Maryland to hold the honor of PROMPT Certification for several years; there are currently only 3 others.
Ana values family education, collaboration and embedding goals into the daily needs of the whole child. It is our mission to make each child successful in a nurturing and immediately functional way.
PROMPT therapy is appropriate for a wide range of patients with communication disorders. The most common patients have motor speech disorders, articulation problems or are non-verbal children. Many patients with aphasia, apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria, pervasive development disorders, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries and autism spectrum disorders have benefitted from PROMPT therapy. An evaluation by a PROMPT-trained speech therapist is the only way to find out if a patient is appropriate for the therapy.