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About

World of OT provides Pediatric Occupational Therapy services to the San Francisco area and beyond!

Our Practice

We are a community-based Pediatric Occupational Therapy practice. This means we treat children in their natural environments-homes, schools, and local parks. We want to go where your child is playing, living, and facing challenges. We view ourselves as a partner to your family with the shared mission of helping your child reach their highest potential. We emphasize upfront communication and ongoing follow-up.

 

World of OT is passionate about supporting wellness and positive early childhood experiences. For this reason, we are excited to use our experience to provide Grow Together: Mommy and Baby classes to support bonding and encourage positive infant development.

 

In addition to our pediatric practice, our expertise allows us to provide training and mentorship to occupational therapists new to school setting. We also provide consultation services to schools and organizations to develop comprehensive plans with follow-up to support social and educational engagement for children with more complex needs.

 

Meeting in-person isn’t an option? No problem. We are able to provide services and consultations to children, teachers, and other occupational therapists outside of San Francisco using our telehealth program.

Our Team
Ushma Sampat, MS, OTR/L, CAS- Founder and Owner

Hello! I am Ushma Sampat, your occupational therapist and your partner in progress!

 

I founded World of OT in 2017 because I wanted pediatric occupational therapy to be available outside of schools and clinics with more focus on providing holistic services where the parent is involved as the expert of their child.  I love helping children of all ages to live life to the fullest by becoming more independent in their self-care and daily activities. I am strongly committed to the learning, development, and recovery of children of all ages.

 

Fun Facts

  • My husband and I, along with our furry puggle, Luke, have been residents of San Francisco since 2012 and have grown fond of the beautiful sights and sounds of the Bay Area.
  • I learned first-hand the joys and challenges of motherhood when I welcomed my first child, Dhir, in June 2018. And again with my second child in 2020. I am grateful for how the parent perspective also made me a better occupational therapist.
  • Family time is crucial for me. Favorite family activities include: hiking, enjoying weekend picnics, and engaging in cultural experiences through travel.
  • I  love athletics! While in school in India, I competed in marathons, track and field events, and team sports such as handball and throwball.

 

Training and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Manipal University, India
  • Post-professional Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University
  • SPD ProCert 1: Certified provider for sensory processing disorders by STAR institute
  • Credentialed Certified Autism Specialist through IBCCES
  • Bal-A-Vis-X
  • Handwriting Without Tears® Certified
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Program Certified
  • Completed the coursework for Zones of Regulation® Program
  • DIR Floortime Approach Certified
  • Advanced skills in administering and interpreting pediatric assessments

 

I have worked with children ranging from preschool to high school and have extensive experience with children with sensory processing disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, learning disability, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, and neurological impairment among others.

Ana Baldinger, MS, OTR/L

Hello! I’m Ana, a pediatric occupational therapist, champion for children and meaningful play. I jumped at the opportunity to join World of OT in 2020.

 

I feel so lucky to have a career which allows me to be a part of a child’s growth and progress while collaborating with amazing families. My priority is understanding the unique goals, strengths, and challenges of each child so that together we can build a program tailored to their unique needs.

 

I am so passionate about supporting the development of childhood skills so that kids can thrive and participate in everyday life. My goals and interventions focus on building skills for play, education, social interaction, and daily self-care.

 

Fun Facts

  • I grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois but now call San Francisco home.
  • I love adventuring around the world, and throughout the beautiful state of California!
  • When I have free-time my favorite activities are meditation, playing guitar, surfing, hiking and learning new things.
  • Spent a month during OT school in Mérida, Mexico, to study Spanish and work at CRIT Yucatán, a pediatric rehabilitation center

 

Training and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in psychology from Loras College
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) with honors from Dominican University of California, May 2018.
  • Advanced occupational therapy internship at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland (BCHO) targeted at pediatric hospital-based and intensive rehabilitation
  • Received advanced mentoring in SOS Feeding, Neurodevelopmental treatment, and Sensory Integration

 

I have over 4 years of experience working with children, across many different settings. This included spending a year working for a pediatric private practice in San Francisco with children from the ages of 6 months-12 years old. I appreciated the benefits of being able to treat children in a variety of locations including the clinic, homes, schools, and throughout the community.

 

I draw from many different approaches to make sure I address all areas that might be impacting your child’s ability to participate in daily activities. Some of my favorite techniques draw on sensory integration and mind-body strategies such as yoga, mindfulness and diaphragmatic breathing.

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How can World of OT help your child?

Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) helps children and families thrive by addressing your child’s physical, social, psychological, and environmental well-being. We improve quality of life for a wide range of childhood problems including developmental delays and cognitive, sensory or physical disabilities.

 

Our work is designed to make children feel good – both physically and emotionally. With occupational therapy, you will see your child improve specific skills but also grow in self-esteem as they experience a sense of accomplishment.

 

Just a few ways pediatric occupational therapy can help your child:

  • Refining fine motor skills: Coordination of the small muscles of hand to be able to grasp and release toys, use zippers or buttons, or improve handwriting.
  • Learning basic daily self-care: Your child will be proud of their newfound independence with dressing, bathing, feeding, and toileting.
  • Improving gross motor skills: These are the big movements – coordination and balance make a difference for using stairs and playing with friends. 
  • Building muscle strength: Improve your child’s physicality, correct their posture, and increase their body awareness.
  • Improving hand-eye coordination: In sports, play, and school  – for copying the blackboard, catching a ball, or riding a bike.
  • Attention: Increasing attention span, ability to focus, and engagement
  • Refining visual processing skills: Which relates to letter recognition, reading, and making eye contact.
  • Positive Coping Strategies: Learn strategies like breathing, yoga, or sensory intervention to deal with negative behaviors such as violence or self-harm.
  • Educational Support: Addressing learning challenges to increase productivity at school
  • Social functioning: Improving social skills, language skills, and ability to engage with others
  • Specialized device recommendations: Receive a comprehensive assessment to determine recommendations for equipment including wheelchairs, splints, daily living aids, and communication devices.
  • Feeding interventions: Improve your child’s nutrition whether the problem is a picky eating or has difficulty learning the skills of feeding.
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