In-Home or Clinic-Based Pediatric Occupational Therapy
WellCare Occupational Therapy Specialists make therapy feel more like play. They help children succeed with essential daily activities, like getting dressed, brushing their teeth, writing their name and playing with friends.
Occupational Therapy focuses on a sensory approach, a motor approach or a combination to improve a child's ability to take in and use experiences of touch, taste, sound, sight and movement.
Treatment includes play and social skills, incorporating hand strength, grasp, cognition and following directions.
Activities are fun and develop skills like hand-eye coordination and improve cognitive skills, social development and the establishment of self-care routines so that children can perform daily tasks more independently.
What can an Occupational Therapist do?
Meet Our Occupational Therapists
Jonny Haskell, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Team Coordinator
Jonny is a graduate from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science and Masters of Science/Occupational Therapy.
Throughout his school experience, Jonny worked several jobs within the university’s OT Department, including Lab Assistant, Grad Assistant, Research Assistant, as well as a Peer-Academic Coach. While in his undergrad, he began a research study regarding children with ASD and their sympathetic responses to various types of food, and compared the data to typically developing children. Before graduating, his research study was published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.
As a grad student Jonny had the opportunity to work at Brain Balance centers (founded by Dr. Melillo, MS, DC, PhD (C) DABCN, FACFN, FABCDD) for 3 years under a neurochiropractor who specializes in primitive reflex integration. Since then, Jonny has worked with Dr. Melillo himself in New York, where he now specializes in primitive reflex integration.
Growing up, Jonny thought he would be a professional MLB pitcher, which evidentially became impossible after a shoulder injury.
Jonny enjoyed signing autographs at one point in his life as he also starred in a ski movie when he was 17 years old (Warren Miller) and served as a snowboarding coach for the Special Olympics, where his athlete and he had the opportunity to compete in the 2019 XGames!
Jasmin Durig, MOT, OTR
Senior Occupational Therapist
Jasmin received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio in 2014 and her Master of Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2016.
Jasmin has experience working in school-based and home health settings.
In her spare time, Jasmin enjoys reading, puzzles and spending time crafting.
Andrea Cebrecos, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Andrea graduated in 2013 with an A.S in occupational therapy assistant from Keiser University in Miami, Fl.
For six years she has served as a COTA/L and has gained considerable experience in subacute/rehab care in a skilled nursing setting, acute and inpatient acute care in a hospital setting, and outpatient pediatrics.
Andrea relies on her experience from each of these settings to provide enhanced client-centered care. She educates and facilitates training in exercise, balance and daily activities—from imaginary play, social and emotion management skills, to being able to manage buttons, etc.—and anything in between so that her clients can increase their safety and independence.
She also provides professional recommendations about equipment that can be used to improve function and quality of life, while under the care and supervision of an OTR, to ensure clients and their families are part of the therapy process. She also does her best to bring hobbies and interests a client and their family might have to ensure that activities are meaningful.
In her spare time, Andrea serves the community through various volunteer opportunities with area nonprofits. She has two college degrees, strong computer skills and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Hannah Pate, MOT OTR/L
Hannah graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Health Science in 2015 and with a Master’s of Occupational Therapy in 2016. She has been providing Occupational Therapy services to Children ages 0-21 with a variety of diagnoses for the last 3 years in Savannah, GA.
She also has experience in providing feeding therapy to children to expand their diets and make eating an enjoyable occupation for kids.
Hannah loves working with kids and she makes it her mission to provide them with the tools and opportunities they need to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
Jason Bulger, MS, OTR/L
Senior Occupational Therapist
Jason is from Buffalo, New York, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and History from Canisius College in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College in 2019.
He began his career working with individuals with special needs in a residential setting in 2008. This experience helped him better understand the role that traumatic experiences have on children and the challenges related to effectively managing difficult behaviors. In 2009, he used these experiences as a caseworker in the city of Buffalo, providing in-home services to families in crisis. Those he worked with were confronted with an array of difficult challenges such as those related to the impact of developmental disability, mental illness, or chemical dependency.
Jason became a certified instructor of tai chi in 2015 and has experience teaching in the community. He is interested in the rehabilitative potential of tai chi as well as the possible benefits granted to those with neurodevelopmental disorders. Occupational therapy has allowed Jason the opportunity to combine his unique background and experiences to support and enrich the lives of those he serves.
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