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About Amy Zier & Associates: There’s a reason it feels right.

You can see it in our surroundings. You can feel it in your interactions with us. You can experience it through the response of your child and the feeling of stability and comfort you both gain from our group. It just feels right. That’s because at Amy Zier & Associates, everything we do is centered on the child and family.

For more than 18 years, we have continued to grow as one of the leading pediatric therapy specialty clinics focused on the treatment of children with sensory integration disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, learning and emotional challenges. We’re successful because we incorporate a multi-faceted approach that includes:

Following a relationship-based, developmental approach
At Amy Zier & Associates, we use an approach built on the belief that development occurs within the context of the parent-child relationship. From this point the child develops the capacity to self-regulate, share attention, be reciprocal, explore and learn. That’s why we encourage parents to take an active role. In addition, we follow a methodology that focuses on sensory integration and the brain – understanding how individual children process and respond to sensory information, and how they use their bodies to successfully interact with the environment and people. As such, we’re able to identify the unique challenges and strengths of your child as it relates to the ability to process sensory information received through the senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, position and movement of the body and the ability to recognize the force of gravity, head movement and balance. Through the DIR® relationship-based approach, we are then able to build the relationships necessary between the child and the parent, the therapist and the parent, the child and the therapist and other key caregivers, to build the foundation your child needs for emotional, sensory, motor, language and cognitive development to grow socially, emotionally and intellectually – with lasting impact.

Highly specialized and knowledgeable therapists
Representing many of the very best and brightest individuals our profession has to offer, the therapists at Amy Zier & Associates are not only experienced in pediatric therapy, they continue to strengthen their knowledge and skills through continuing educational experiences. Our therapists receive extensive training and supervision from senior practitioners and faculty from the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). They are not only keenly focused on their patients, they are also active partners with parents to ensure the best possible progress.
 
Specially created spaces
Therapy is most effective when children feel comfortable and safe. That is why Amy Zier & Associates locations feel more like home than a health care setting. Yet, every inch is designed to maximize the potential for progress and achievement through the therapy we provide.
 
Interdisciplinary input

At Amy Zier & Associates, we understand that the effectiveness of our programs and services are dependent on our ability to make them part of your child’s life. So, we spend a lot of time getting out into the community and getting to know your child’s world and the teachers, caregivers and others who are part of it. We also reach out to professionals in other disciplines such as nutrition, psychology, ophthalmology, optometry and others to strengthen the therapy, support and resources we are able to provide.


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