Nathalie Aluisi, M.A., OTR/L, SWC

Owner / Director

About the Owner

Nathalie Aluisi, M.A., OTR/L, SWC is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 18 years of experience.  She specializes in the areas of sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, social/emotional regulation, executive functioning, social thinking, developmental delays, premature birth, social skills, fine motor/visual motor difficulties, and feeding/oral motor skills.  She has advanced training in Sensory Integration theory and practice, and is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test.   She has completed courses through AOMT and is an orofacial myofunctional therapist.  She has her advanced practice certification in Swallowing Assessment and Intervention (SWC).  Mrs. Aluisi is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.  She is certified in the Interactive Metronome and is trained in the Therapeutic Listening Program and iLs Integrative Listening System.  She completed the U.S. Department of Education traineeship for the USC School-based Occupational Therapy Training Project.  She has served on the advisory board for this School-Based Training Grant.  Mrs. Aluisi worked in various school settings running sensory-motor groups incorporating yoga, consulted with teachers and parents and provided individualized treatments, while working closely with professionals using Floor Time (DIR Model).  She has been in private practice in West LA, providing clinic based intervention, home and school based services, and consultation.  She is currently on the advisory board for the development of an Early Childhood Center.  She presents at schools and parent groups on topics relating to sensory integration and children’s motor skill development.  Nathalie works closely with parents, teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists, physical therapist, and other professionals assisting children.  Nathalie received a B.A. in Kinesiology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.  She lives in West LA with her husband and three sons. 

 

Sandra Harouni, MOT, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Sandra completed a Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient pediatric clinics, and early intervention home health. Sandra undertook her residency in Honduras, Mexico where she had the chance to work closely with children with autism, cerebral palsy and developmental delays. She believes it is important to work closely with parents, caregivers, and teachers to ensure maximum follow-through and optimal results for all of her clients. Sandra’s life work is to empower children to celebrate their differences through play, and she believes it is necessary to customize each child’s treatment to his or her needs. 

Kara Mihelich MS, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Kara received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. After graduating in 2009 she moved to Tampa, Florida, where she gained most of her sensory integration experience in clinic, school and home settings. She then spent a year back in her home state of Michigan working in outpatient pediatric rehabilitation where she increased her experience in oral motor intervention as well as sensory integration. She enjoyed the vibrant seasons while spending quality time with her immediate family before deciding to move out west. As a new resident of Los Angeles, she is excited to dive deep into the culinary scene, practice mor18e yoga, and explore the lush landscape of California with her boyfriend and her dog Susie Q. Kara says her favorite part of her work is helping the parents and families gain a greater understanding of their children and how to best support them during their formative years. 

Niki Peterson, MA, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist / Occupational Therapy Doctoral Resident

Niki received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree in 2019 and her Masters degree in 2018, both from the University of Southern California. She completed her doctoral residency at PlaySpace Pediatrics with a focus on occupation-based programming. During her residency, she incorporated her passion for the outdoors into practice by developing a social skills gardening group for kids. Niki has advanced training in Handwriting Without Tears® and previous experiences as an academic tutor and classroom volunteer. She volunteers for Life Rolls On, an organization that helps people with disabilities surf and skateboard. In her free time, Niki enjoys traveling, bicycling, and going to the beach.

Maya Sinai, MA, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Maya completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has experience working as an OT in the school district with students with a variety of conditions and disabilities. She specializes in pediatric OT and has worked closely with children ages 0-21. She has had training in Sensory Integration and Handwriting Without Tears. Maya has always possessed a love for play and children, and truly enjoys seeing her clients evolve and reach their maximum potential through play and meaningful activities. Maya lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Tracy Wind,MA, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Tracy Wind,MA, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in developmental delay, early intervention, sensory processing disorders, feeding challenges, handwriting difficulties, and other developmental delays associated with various genetic, neurologic, and orthopedic diagnoses with children. She has received advanced training and certification in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice (SIPT certification). She has received additional training in feeding therapy, including the SOS Approach to Feeding Program, developed by Dr. Kay Toomey. Tracy believes that good nutrition is essential to support children's growth and development and during feeding therapy aims to improve her clients’ acceptance of food textures, tastes, and a variety of nutritious foods. Tracy received her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia (2000). She has worked in a variety of settings with both adults and children including outpatient pediatric clinics, early intervention home health, and preschools, as well as hospital and rehabilitation experience with adults. Tracy believes in working in collaboratively with parents to determine how occupational therapy can best support their child's development and family dynamics. Tracy is an active volunteer in her children's schools and sporting activities. She resides in West Los Angeles with her husband and three children. 

Alexandra Arena M.S. CCC-SLP, BCBA

Pediatric Speech Therapist

Ali feels fortunate to have the opportunity to impact the lives of those with communication difficulties. Ali has 4 years experience in a variety of pediatric including Children’s Hospital, private practices, and the school setting. I have worked both domestically and internationally. International outreach includes both working Uganda and the Philippines at outpatient hospitals with both pediatrics and adult clients. She received her Master’s in 2013 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. She is certified member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the state of California and New Jersey in the Speech Language Pathology. Additionally, she received her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification from Pennsylvania State University in 2012. She received her Autism Specialist certification from Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Ali incorporates of principles of behavior management into her speech and language sessions.  In addition, Ali is Clinical Level 1A Social Thinking Practitioner. Social Thinking is a pragmatic language approach. Finally, Ali is enrolled in a E.D.D. program at California State University Los Angeles to be completed by 2019. Her research interests include the social communication profiles of individuals with High Functioning Autism 

Ali’s areas of expertise include evaluation and treatment of individuals of articulation/phonology disorders, social skills, expressive/receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Amy Loveland, MA 

Reading Specialist

Amy Loveland, MA has served in various roles as an educator in Los Angeles for over 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Literacy, Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and California Reading Specialist Certificate from Loyola Marymount University, where she currently serves as part-time faculty in the School of Education. Amy has been fortunate enough to teach children at every age ranging from preschool to the university level, providing her with a deep understanding of both the academic and the emotional needs of children at every developmental stage. In her experience, she has learned that often times, motivation and self-confidence are at the heart of many educational barriers. Amy has also learned that relationship-based teaching is essential in order to truly be impactful and make a difference in the lives of children. Part of Amy’s philosophy of education is that each child has a need and a desire to be known, to feel safe, cared for, loved and supported. Establishing positive, respectful relationships with each child is how she begins her work with children in both classroom and individual settings. Amy specializes in providing uniquely individualized sessions that cater to the learning goals and outcomes of each student. As a literacy specialist, she is able to provide:

   

     • Phonological Processing
     • Decoding and Encoding Skills
     • Comprehension and Active Reading Strategies
     • Instruction in both the Research and Writing Processes
     • Increased Critical Thinking Skills

From an educational standpoint, Amy connects with students to help develop and co-create strategies to improve academic success across all curricular areas. The underlying theme in all of her sessions is ensuring that the student is taking ownership of the strategies being implemented in an effort to increase self-esteem and confidence. Mindful learning is another key theme found in her work with students. When we are mindful, we are able to make better moment to moment decisions, which over time drastically empower us and increase our confidence. Amy also addresses executive functioning skills so that students are able to self-select strategies that will help them prioritize tasks and implement appropriate study habits. Amy’s warm and loving approach has proven to be extremely effective in improving children’s self-confidence and academic abilities. Amy Loveland will empower your child and help them to discover their own intrinsic motivation along the way. Her ultimate goal is to help each student discover the life-long learner within and provide the necessary academic skills to help them learn, grow, flourish and increase self-confidence.

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