Children’s Therapy Associates, Inc. (CTA) was created to offer therapy services to the greater Tampa Bay Area. Children’s Therapy Associates, Inc. views itself as partners with our clients and community. CTA’s goals include being a respected and utilized resource in this community by providing consistent and quality occupational, physical and speech therapy intervention. In addition, CTA will provide consultation, educational programming, participate in research, and participate in professional and program development. As a result of our commitment to be on the leading edge of effective treatment interventions and our commitment to professional satisfaction, we strive to offer our practitioners the opportunity to follow their areas of interest. This serves to enhance our organization professionally, allowing CTA to offer a broad range of interventions and modalities to best meet the challenges of our clients. We hope as a result of CTA’s programming, children and families may experience success at home, school and in the community.
Meet Our Team
She loves kids and loves to play! Sue is mom to a “crazy wonderful” son, Diego. It is her strong belief that children learn best through play and that they are most successful when they feel good about themselves. Sue feels it is essential to “be in the moment” with her clients. Sue has provided services to children, families and other professionals in a variety of settings including clinic based, home and community based intervention, as well as, service to public, private and charter schools. Sue enjoys working with children of all ages from birth through adolescence with a variety of diagnosis including ASD, SPD, Physical Disabilities, Cognitive Difficulties, Motor Incoordination, Dysgraphia, Developmental Delays/Disabilities, and Social Emotional Difficulties. Her bag of tricks, also know as, frame of reference and specialty training involves an integrated approach including; Sensory Integration/Processing, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Mindfulness Training, Craniosacral Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, Oral Motor and Feeding, Self-Help Development, Social/Emotional, Writing Interventions, and Compensatory Strategies including Assistive Technology. Sue enjoys a team approach to intervention, as well as, opportunities to develop new programing. Sue enjoys working with children and families on an individual basis but also enjoys group-based intervention. It is her desire to continue developing her skills and to be a life long learner. She aims to work as a team with families to help children to reach their fullest potential.
Traveling as a therapist afforded Don opportunities to see many places across the U.S. gaining experiences in variety of clinical settings including: hand therapy, home health, home and environmental modifications, wheelchair positioning, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic/stroke rehabilitation and geriatric settings. He began working with children and families in South Florida in an inpatient pediatric brain injury facility in 1996. Since then he has continued to have a passion for working with children and families as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.
Don sees children from birth to adolescence in schools, homes, out in the community, and in CTA’s clinic. He works with children with a variety of diagnoses including: sensory processing disorders, social- emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and motor -based delays. Don has a particular interest in working with children presenting with challenging behaviors using a holistic approach including sensory, behavioral, and cognitive strategies.
He has training with CranioSacral Therapy, Floor-time, Therapeutic Listening, and is a certified Interactive Metronome trainer (since 2000). Don feels it is essential to connect with kids and that kids, like adults, sense how we feel about them. He believes helping kids develop self-confidence and esteem is pre-requisite to gaining skills. He enjoys developing new program ideas and finding alternative and sometimes unconventional ways to help kids reach their goals and potential. Don has consulted with teachers and schools and has lectured on topics including how Sensory Processing Delays impact academic, social, and motor skills development.
Away from work, Don enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and family, Alejandra, Olivia, and Nicolas.
Additional Training and certification
NDT Certification in Child (1984) and in Baby (1986)
MFR for Pediatrics (2001)
CST I (2003)
CST II (2006)
Somato Emotional Release I (2006)
CST for Pediatrics I (2009)
MPS – formerly ETPS (2012)
Kinesiology Taping (2012)
She has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for the past 13 yrs focusing on Pediatric OT in homes, schools, and clinic based settings. Toni has advanced training in sensory integration, pediatric handling techniques, oral motor/feeding issues, Brain Gym, and Handwriting Without Tears Program. She is also been supervising OTA students from State College of Florida in their level 1 field work positions for the last 2 years.
These experiences have helped to prepare Scott for his new career in pediatric physical therapy. As an honors graduate from the Physical Therapy Assisting program at South University in Tampa, FL, Scott enjoyed both academic and clinical success in the area of pediatric physical therapy. His patient and enthusiastic nature, coupled with his love of working with children make him a wonderful addition to the therapy team here at Children’s Therapy Associates.
Samantha has been an Occupational Therapist for 28 years and has 26 years of experience working with children. She has worked in the hospital, clinic and school settings.
She is certified in NDT and has extensive training in Sensory Integration and Therapeutic Listening. She has completed the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding courses, as well as the advanced courses in SOS.
Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and crafting. She also enjoys coaching her Odyssey of the Mind team. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative thinking competition.