Meet Megan!

Get to know Megan, one of the fabulous new OTs you might see around the BAC! 

If you had to be an animal, what would be it be? A dolphin!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate

What is your favorite children’s book? Matilda

What is your favorite kid’s board game? Candyland

Do you have any special talents? I am quite the cook, if I do say so myself.

What has been your favorite place to visit? Nice, France

If given a superhero power what would you choose? Super strength

Megan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Megan’s clinical experience includes working in a variety of settings with a wide range of diagnoses. Megan has extensive experience working with children in a school-based setting as well as with medically complex children in their homes and has also worked with children in the outpatient setting. She is passionate about helping individuals of all ages gain independence and confidence in activities that make their lives meaningful. She especially enjoys promoting independence in higher level life skills with children and addressing executive functioning difficulties with her clients. In her spare time, Megan can be found at the gym weight lifting, or drawing in her sketchpad while listening to music. She is eager to continue pursuing her passion of occupational therapy here at the Boston Ability Center.

Learning Never Stops At BAC!

The Boston Ability Center takes pride in completing additional specialized trainings and learning about new research to provide best patient care. Last week, three of our BAC clinicians traveled to Portland, ME to take part in a four day training in the SOS Approach To Feeding.

The SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, putting on lips, and eventually tasting and eating foods.

At the conference, clinicians learned that children who participated in a twelve week feeding group that used the SOS method increased their number of accepted foods by 41% (Boyd, 2007).

Whether your child is a picky eater, problem feeder, or somewhere in between, come see us at the Boston Ability Center to schedule a feeding evaluation and learn more.

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Looking For An Exciting Science Experiment For Your Little One?

Our friends at BAC LOVE science and learning! We hope you enjoy the “Color Surprise Experiment” that you and your little one can do together. You can have fun while practicing your child’s speech/language skills- see home ideas below!

Print pictures below and cut cards. Have your child put the cards in order and then retell the order of the activity using complete sentences (e.g., “FIRST, I poured the glue.”)
Ask wh-questions to encourage conversation, support problem solving skills and practice understanding of WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY and YES/NO! 

In The Ocean…

Our occupational therapist, Stephanie, targets both fine motor and gross motor skills while finding baby fish in our “sea hammock”!

During this activity our friend was encouraged to utilize his gross motor skills to climb through the various layers of the “sea” (aka: hammock) to find the fish. Subsequently he used his fine motor skills to pinch the baby fish-clips and attach them back onto the mother fish! Not only was this activity fun and motivating, but it also supported numerous developmental skills.