Professional & Skilled Occupational Therapist With A Loving Approach

Specializing In Pediatric Occupational Therapy | Feeding Therapy | Oral Motor Therapy for Pre-Post Frenectomy

I provide skilled interventions to help babies and children who struggle with feeding, motor skills, sensory processing and developmental delays.

 

As an Occupational Therapist, I have a background in anatomy and physiology, neurobiology, infant and child development and task analysis. We define 'Occupation' as meaningful activities that occupy one's time- for babies this is play, feeding, sleep; for children, examples of occupations include play, school, sports, dressing and feeding.

 

I utilize a holistic approach based in play to assist babies and children complete their 'occupations' with independence and joy.

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Services

In Home and Office Occupational Therapy Serving Orange County 
 

For Infants

  • Pre-Post Frenectomy Oral Motor Therapy

  • Breast and Bottle Feeding

  • Bottle Refusal

  • Tummy Time

  • Infant Positioning and Handling

  • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly Prevention and Treatment

  • Parent Education and Ergonomics 

  • Sensory Processing and Colic Management Strategies

  • Feeding and Baby led weaning, Introduction to Solids

  • Gross and Fine Motor Development and Strengthening 

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For Toddlers

  • Feeding and Oral Motor Skill Assessment and Treatment 

  • Meal Time Routine and Picky Eating 

  • Sensory Processing to address difficulties with self regulation, attention, behavior

  • Motor Planning and Praxis to improve participation in play with peers and exploration of natural environments

  • Fine/Gross/Visual Motor Skills for: 

    • ​Pre-writing and reading

    • Age appropriate play and exploration

    • Participation in daily activities such as getting dressed, using utensils, opening containers, navigating new environments

For Children

Feeding:

  • Meal Time Strategies and behavior

  • Picky Eating - expansion of food repertoire 

  • Oral Motor assessment and treatment

Sensory Processing 

  • Assessment and treatment to help with help with self regulation, attention, tolerance and participation for daily activities 

Fine and Visual Motor skills 

  • Reading

  • Handwriting 

  • Dressing

  • Self feeding and meal preparation

Gross and Sensory Motor and Praxis

  • Sports and playground play  

  • Navigating new environments 

  • Participation in new activities

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For Parents

  • Coaching and modeling for age appropriate play and developmental activities 

  • Education and support regarding plan of care, interventions, home program 

  • Community resources to help find support and connect with other parents going through similar experiences

  • Hands on demonstrations and training for relevant exercises and positioning strategies 

  • Relatable and empathetic advice to maximize growth and potential during and after OT

Tummy Time Workshop

  • Meets Every Monday

  • Ages 0-5 months

  • 30 minutes with maximum two babies and Allison 

  • Interactive, intimate workshop  

  • Hands on tips and tricks to increase participation and success with Tummy Time 

  • Education and demonstration of various strategies to work on strengthening, coordination and sensory integration 

  • Opportunities for questions and discussion on developmental milestones, feeding and age appropriate toys and activities 

  • $35 per baby 

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About Allison Weiss, MS, OTR/L, SWC

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I’m Allison, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Certified Lactation Educator with over a decade of experience helping babies and children thrive.

My work is focused on supporting babies and children who struggle with feeding, motor skills, sensory processing, and developmental delays. I view myself as a partner and collaborator with parents and families to work on the root of the issues that are challenging. Together we determine appropriate goals and work together to get great results, meet goals and feel empowered to carry forward recommendations. My intention is to provide comprehensive and skilled care to children to foster success and increase their participation in all areas that are meaningful to them.  


I have over 10 years of experience treating children and babies. I’ve worked in the hospital inpatient and outpatient clinic settings at world renown hospitals including UCLA and Miller Children's Hospital as well as in private practice. I have worked with hundreds of babies and children throughout my career and love learning from each one. Every child is unique, every family has a different story.

As a clinician I employ a client centered approach when evaluating and treating to make sure that what we work on is specific and helpful to each individual client. I use my broad range of experience to identify and treat my clients with a comprehensive and holistic approach in order to provide the best care.

I live an active lifestyle and appreciate the beautiful Southern California weather. In my free time I enjoy swimming, hiking and spending time with family and friends. As a mom of 2 young children I’ve been humbled and grown tremendously as a clinician during the journey of motherhood. Being a parent is hard work - I am able to relate to my clients and the hardships they face while experiencing the challenges and joys of motherhood myself. 

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Education/Certifications 

Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis.

Advanced Practice, Feeding and Swallowing, State of California

Certified Lactation Educator

Bachelor's of Science in Human Development, U.C. Davis

Basic Life Support, BLS - 2022, American Heart Association

 
 
Testimonials from Clients

"Words cannot express my gratitude for how much Allison helped my daughter.  Our daughter was born very small and struggled with eating and weight gain.  Allison worked with her both before and after her lip and tongue tie procedure to strengthen her mouth and tongue and taught her to take a bottle as well as drink from a straw cup.  Allison has been invaluable to our daughter’s progress, and we are forever grateful.  Allison is not only phenomenal at what she does but she has such a calming, supportive presence.  Our daughter lights up when she has her weekly session with Allison"

- Amber K

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Occupational Therapy (OT) provides skilled intervention to help babies and children who struggle with feeding, motor skills, sensory processing and developmental delays. We define an 'Occupation' as meaningful activities that occupy one's time - for babies this is play, feeding, sleep. For children, examples of occupations include play, school, sports, dressing and feeding. 

 

Occupational Therapists have a background in anatomy and physiology, neurobiology, infant and child development and task analysis. We utilize a holistic approach based in play to assist clients to complete their 'occupations' with independence and joy.

Who can benefit from OT?
  • New parents who are anxious about meeting developmental milestones like rolling, sitting and crawling.

  • Parents of a baby who is struggling with breast or bottle feeding, oral motor coordination or are working through already diagnosed tethered oral tissues (tongue/lip ties).

  • Babies who hate tummy time or seem to prefer looking to one side more than the other.

  • Parents looking for support as you introduce solids to your new baby.

  • Older babies or toddlers who are struggling or causing stress to the family or caregivers during mealtimes, or babies/toddlers/children who are a ‘picky eater’ and only eat a limited amount or types of foods.

  • Toddlers or young children who are struggling to meet developmental milestones or seem behind in fine/gross/visual motor skills and can’t do things like: throw/catch a ball, navigate new play equipment, hold feeding or writing utensils, copy or produce age appropriate shapes or letters, have a hard time using two hands together or seem more clumsy than the average child.

  • Toddler or young children who struggle to tolerate daily activities like brushing teeth, getting dressed (bothered by various textures of clothing), loud noises or unexpected variations in their day.

What is working with an OT like?

​Our first session would be a one hour evaluation to determine your child’s areas of needs and goals. During an evaluation a comprehensive history is taken, the child’s motor skills are examined as well as functional assessments to see how he/she performs daily activities. An oral exam may be performed to determine any anatomical abnormalities and identify areas of need with oral motor skills. We utilize standardized assessments when appropriate. We would create a treatment plan incorporating a holistic approach that considers musculoskeletal, sensory, motor and visual systems.  After the evaluation, each treatment session is engaging, play based and incorporates evidence based strategies to meet the goals set forth during the evaluation. 

Do you come to my house or do we meet you somewhere?

I provide in-home therapy services as well as office visits located in Laguna Hills.  If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, I can help guide you to the best location for your child.

What is your pricing?

In Home:

Evaluation (60 minutes) - $250* 

Follow up treatments (60 minutes) - $200* 

*Subject to travel fee depending on area

In Office: 

Evaluation (60 minutes) - $199 

Follow up treatments (60 minutes) - $150

 

Location: 25255 Cabot Rd Suite 108, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Do you accept insurance?

I do not accept insurance, but I offer a superbill that clients can submit for reimbursement.

How do I know if working with you is the right choice for my child?

Let’s find out! I offer a free 10 minute screening call to determine if we are the right fit for each other. Contact me to schedule a consultation.

 
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Contact Allison

​Get in touch to schedule a free consultation for your child’s occupational therapy. 

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