We provide occupational therapy to children of all ages. The aim of Occupational Therapy is to facilitate the child’s ability to participate in the everyday tasks of childhood (work, play and self-care). The name A Place to Grow was chosen to symbolize our belief that when children and families are provided with support and rich, fertile conditions they can develop, grow, and flourish along their own unique individual trajectory.
I am Amy Loesch, OTR/L, an occupational therapist with over 20 years experience.
I have worked with kids and families in public and private schools, in home health and in the clinic setting. I have also worked as a consultant providing occupational therapy based support strategies for kids with developmental and/or behavioral challenges in their daycare or preschool settings. I am also the mother of twin teenagers who, along with all the other kids who I have had the pleasure of working and playing with, continue to affirm my deep love and appreciation of the wonders of development!
I am so lucky to have two, experienced and amazing colleagues to work alongside me. Natalie Mason, MS, OTR/L has 20 years experience working with kids in private and public school settings (Kindergarten through High school), as well as in the clinic setting. Kristen Jacobsen, MS, OTR/L has been working with children for the past 10 years. She has experience working in the public school, in the clinic and has advanced training in the DIR/Floortime® methodology. I feel privileged to have both of these therapists at A Place to Grow supporting kids and families!
We believe that children deserve to be supported, loved and valued for who they are.
All children want and need to feel strong, confident and capable and to be successful in conquering challenges.
Play is a powerful medium for facilitating growth and development in all areas of a child’s life.
Learning happens in the context of being in warm, nurturing, supportive relationships with others.
Families love their children and want what is best for them. A child’s family is his/her most important resource. Together we can help the child grow and be successful in the tasks of childhood.
Some of the therapeutic approaches we use include…
Sensory Integration/Sensory Processing
Zones of Regulation®
DIRFloortime® (Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship- based Model)
Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach
Handwriting Without Tears®
Individual occupational therapy
Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory Modulation Challenges, Sensory Discrimination Disorder and Sensory Based Motor Disorder/Dyspraxia)
Social Thinking Weaknesses
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Fine motor, Visual Perceptual and Visual Motor Integration Weaknesses
Graphomotor (writing and drawing) Challenges.
Group occupational therapy
We offer several small ongoing therapeutic social groups in a wide range of ages that we run weekly to support self-regulation, social play skills, relationship building and social thinking. We use an eclectic approach in these groups but rely heavily on concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® and Leah Kuyper’s Zones of Regulation frameworks.
Therapeutic half-day summer camps
Although having fun and making friends are at top of our list, our camps are therapeutic in nature. Activities may include gym and outdoor time, movement activities, sensory play, games, crafts and cooking. We cater our summer camps to the needs of the children in the group. Areas that are often covered include:
Social thinking and friendship building skills
Sensory processing and self-regulation skills
Gross motor, motor planning and fine motor skills
A Place to Grow is located in a dedicated therapy space in pediatric occupational therapist Amy Loesch’s home.
The space includes a waiting area, a sensory integration gym, a naturalistic kitchen-dining area to work on feeding/eating skills and spaces for small groups, pretending/play skills and table top tasks (fine motor skill development, handwriting). It is a warm, cozy, environment where children and families can feel welcomed, comfortable and safe.
3930 Swarthmore Road, Durham, North Carolina 27707