Michelle has been working with my son since 2014 when he was 3 years old. During all these years, I have witnessed the results of Michelle's work and dedication in my son's personality and goals reached. Although my son was receiving OT through intermediate unit at that time, I felt that he needed another weekly session and I decided to reach out to Michelle. She has worked with my son in his sensory processing issues, his muscle strengthening, his writing, his attention, his coordination, and most importantly, his confidence. Before Michelle, my son never tried "new" things; it seemed that he was scared of even trying. After Michelle, my son's confidence has shot through the roof. Michelle is kind and she truly knows how to work with children. She knows how to redirect my son's attention when needed and push him to his limit to show him that he can do it. My boy loves working with her and I am pleased with the results I have witnessed throughout all these years.
A key to my son's success with Michelle has been consistency and communication. Michelle has always been available by phone and email. Whenever I have had questions of any sort, Michelle has always answered my emails in a timely manner. After almost 5 years of witnessing her work, I give her my highest recommendation without reservation.
Karen P. Bensalem, Pa.
Our son has been working with Michelle for about a year to help with his handwriting and she has been great! Not only does he love going to see her, but the way she has integrated her plan with his teacher's means that we know that we are all working in a predictable and consistent way to support his writing in a way that has produced results. Through a combination of exercises and techniques we've seen a real improvement in his handwriting and beyond that, a real interest in writing. Before, writing was uncomfortable and unpleasant. Now, he is starting to incorporate writing into free play, something he never would have done before, and that, to us, is the real breakthrough. Michelle has done this with caring, warmth, insight, and enthusiasm. Michelle is clearly a qualified OT but it's her coordination with parents and teachers that make her the OT with whom you should be working.
Tom & Julie, Princeton, NJ
Michelle is AMAZING! Her kind and accommodating nature creates an atmosphere of calm and acceptance for the children she shares her expertise. She seems to magically engage children in what would otherwise be challenging tasks by disguising them as games and activities that promote progress on many levels.
She worked with my daughter for 2+ years and now sees her every few months as a check in. “Sally” is now a 22 year old young woman who is non-verbal and autistic. She was immediately comfortable with Michelle, laughing and giggling through many of her OT sessions and activities. Michelle worked on a large range of life skills from activities of daily living like brushing hair and teeth to light clerical job readiness skills to following a job chart. The job readiness skills that my daughter refined under Michelle’s guidance helped her to acquire a paying job.
While waiting for “Sally’s” OT session, I’ve also sat with and spoken to many parents either going or coming with their children to sessions. We have all shared a common theme of appreciation for Michelle in not only what she does with our children, but also in her ability to work collaboratively with us as parents.
I would highly recommend Michelle as an OT for your child.
Kathleen S., Ewing, NJ
When I was first referred to Michelle at Pediatric Therapy Solutions, I did not know what an occupational therapist did, much less understand why my son needed to see one. From our initial meeting I have been impressed with Michelle's professionalism, dedication and skill as a therapist. She taught me as a mother that my son's sensory issues encompassed so many parts of his life teaching us how to address these issues with suggestions we could implement easily into home and school routines. I began to see improvement with my son's fine and gross motor skills very quickly after therapy began. Michelle soon understood what made my son tick and found strategies that made occupational therapy fun for him at each session. He looks forward to his sessions with Michelle and his improvement has been dramatic.
Michelle has been a wonderful resource to me as a parent and has taught me ways to help my son. Michelle has made a huge difference in the life of my son as well as my life. We are grateful for her and would whole heartedly recommend her services.
Joelle, Lawreneville, NJ