Occupational Therapy Center

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Occupational Therapy Center

Caring and experienced therapists with special expertise

COVID Update: OTC re-opened for in-person therapy services in December 2020 for clients who are able to comply with COVID-19 precautions. The Center also continues to provide a variety of remote therapy services including video-based sessions for direct OT, consultation for parents/caregivers, and teachers (via video, phone, or email), and phone/video consult for new clients following paperwork and chart review.

For up-to-date information, please call 413.588.5279 or email otc@collaborative.org

The OT Center has been providing services to the Pioneer Valley community since its opening in January of 2000. The Center offers a full range of occupational therapy (OT) services for young children, youth, and adults; in a comfortable, welcoming setting. 

The Center’s therapeutic space offers state-of-the-art equipment and a safe, playful environment; with personalized treatment opportunities not always available in a hospital, school, or home setting. The Center’s main room resembles a gym, with swings, scooters, ramps, climbing structures that provide a variety of movement experiences. Tactile materials and small manipulatives help address sensory and fine motor needs. A separate evaluation room provides quiet, focused space for an accurate and thorough assessment of specific needs.

Our holistic approach connects therapy with the settings and tasks encountered in daily life. Treatment plans are developed in close collaboration with home and school teams.

Our Staff

The staff of licensed occupational therapists have extensive experience evaluating and treating children and adults with various needs, from typical youngsters with mild delays to those with specific disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, ADHD, and other issues.

Therapy at OTC is an interactive process that can address:

  • Gross Motor Development: Coordination, balance, motor planning, increased physical confidence and safety awareness
  • Fine Motor Development: Hand skills, dexterity, bilateral hand use, and eye-hand coordination
  • Sensory Processing: Integrating responses to information perceived through touch, sound, movement, and other senses
  • Play, Social and Academic Skills: Engaging with people and the environment; organization, flexibility and self-regulation
  • Daily Living Skills: Self-help skills for everyday tasks, appropriate social and communications behaviors

Services include:

  • Individual and small group treatment
  • Evaluations - Sensory-motor and sensory processing
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Test 
  • Consultation to schools, daycare centers, families, and agencies
  • Workshops and presentations for educators, parents, and healthcare professionals
  • OT peer mentoring
  • Auditory Integration Programs: Theraputic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems

OTC services are available to families, schools, and other agencies, and may be covered by (PPO) health insurance plans, school districts, or private payment. When working with schools and districts, treatment plans are developed in close collaboration with school teams.

Sensory Integration

Occupational Therapy Center (OTC) staff have extensive experience providing evaluations and therapy related to Sensory Processing Disorders. This expertise is a significant resource for the region. Click here to learn more.

For Additional Information:

413.588.5279 (phone) | 413.584.8592 (fax) | otc@collaborative.org

Occupational Therapy Center, 228 Pleasant Street (HEC Academy Building, rear), Northampton, MA 01060

Senior Staff:

  • Noel Kesselheim, Clinic Coordinator, OTR/L Registered Occupational Therapist, SIPT certified
  • Karen Fiegenbaum, OTR/L Registered Occupational Therapist
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