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So put on your comfy pants, and let's talk simple ways you can nurture
your child's developmental wellness.
Start here if:
Your child is struggling to participate in one or more daily activities.
Your pediatrician has recommended OT.
You want a practitioner to provide services in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Start here if:
You are, or your child is, struggling with undesirable symptoms or chronic illness and you are unsure the interventions you are or have tried are working.
You want to uncover the root causes of your or your child's symptoms and eliminate them completely.
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Start here if:
You have a few questions about your child's development or you want to make sure you're doing everything you can to support your child's success.
You are a therapist interested in starting your own insurance-based private practice, but aren't quite sure where to start or how to find clients.
Start here if:
You are interested in learning about your baby's developing nervous system, and what their brain needs in order to learn and master developmental milestones.
You want to optimize the first year of life, because it is the most important year, developmentally.
Let me introduce myself! I'm Austen. I am a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner, grateful mama, Athleta legging addict, total nerd when it comes to child development, root cause health aficionado, non stop learner, and the founder/owner of Steps 2 Grow. I am an expert in typical and atypical motor development (specializing in birth to 5 year olds) and passionate about reversing chronic disease for kids and adults. My happiest days are spent empowering my little and big clients with tools to support their overall health and wellness.
Maybe you found me because you are concerned about your child's development or health. If this is the case, I am sorry that you are experiencing that, and I am here to help! Maybe you found me because you are a new parent or first time parent and want a little guidance on how to provide the best developmental support for your kiddo. If that's you, you're also in a great place! Maybe you found me because you want to address a chronic health concern, and reverse it. Whatever brings you, I am glad you are here.
The first years of your child's life are the most important. The amount of learning and growth that occurs is truly incredible! But, there are bound to be questions, concerns, and bumps in the road. I am here to guide you through those sensory-motor and chronic condition bumps, educate you on how you can support your kiddo's sensory motor development and optimize their health, equip you with science inspired tools, and encourage you. My mission is to navigate the messy and magical phases of your child's development with you, every little step of the way.
No two children develop at the same rate. I value respecting each child's innate developmental timetable, encouraging their natural process, and meeting each child where he or she is at. Development is not a race. It is an opportunity to lay each building block on top of the last one in order to create the strongest foundation possible, organically. I optimize this process by providing the conditions for your child's brain and nervous system to work at the level necessary for mastering new skills and discovering their next unique ability. And I teach you how to, also!
My guiding pillars
Science shows that kids learn and master skills with the combination of 3 essential things; play and exploration in an enriching environment, rich sensory and movement experiences, and a loving engaged caregiver. Whether you are interested in home-based OT, one-on-one virtual consultations, or my online courses, implementing this scientifically proven powerful trio is at the heart of everything I do as it relates to occupational therapy.
Let's nurture your child's natural abilities, together.
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Learn with Austen
Online course for new parents! A comprehensive guide to nurturing your baby's brain health and natural physical development in their first year. $99.