My name is Ashley McGaughy and I am an Occupational Therapist. As an occupational therapist I work with a variety of people to help them gain independence and function in their everyday lives. I specialize in working with the pediatric population and have worked with toddlers, school-aged children as well as teenagers. I have experience treating children in private clinical settings, outpatient rehabilitation, community and home settings. I see children who are neuro-typically developing as well as children who may have been diagnosed with Autism, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder and Emotional Dysregulation.
In January 2019, I launched my independent therapy business, Play 4 Purpose Pediatrics, in which I continue to work with children from birth- 3 years old. Working with children is a challenge yet such a great reward! It is truly my passion to help and educate others. Outside of my professional career, I enjoy reading, traveling, teaching dance classes, motivating others to pursue their dreams and being surrounded by loved ones.
We are living in a world where technology has become the director of most of our lives. Just about everything we do involves some sort of phone, tablet or computer. Our children are growing up in an era where it seems they have the advantage of already having a natural knack for use of this technology. However, secondary to the abundant use of technology, we are starting to see that children have decreased opportunities and exposure to real life/practical experiences to grow, develop and learn.
Technology is great, but its important to remember that a child still needs to engage in purposeful play to develop and reach their maximum potential. In this course, you will be learning about some play-based strategies that you can do with your children in order to assist with their natural development. You will learn about the importance of play as well as the essential components of play including fine motor skills, visual motor skills, sensory processing and everyday household tools/items that you can use to support play. You will also learn about the first steps to take if you have any concerns with your child’s development.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help your child reach their maximum potential through basic play skills, please ENROLL TODAY! For any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to email me at Ashley@play4purposep.com