Priya is a registered Occupational Therapist who has worked with children, youth, and their families since 2011. Priya graduated from McGill University with a Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy. She offers services in both English and French.
Priya focuses on helping children, youth, and their families gain a sense of control, safety, and stability. This means helping children to be in a more calm, safe, and adaptive state so that they can be kids. That is, that they can play, participate in school, enjoy their lives at home and build better relationships. Part of this process involves supporting caregivers and other important relationships in the child/youth’s life. Priya uses sensory- and motor-based approaches to understand how the body and mind copes with adversity and stress. By helping children connect to their senses and inner selves, she helps them to identify feelings, express them, and find solutions to cope with them.
Priya has worked with a variety of children and youth including those with mental health difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression), attachment difficulties, complex developmental trauma, and interpersonal trauma. She also has experience working with children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder (ASD), global developmental disorders, FASD, developmental coordination disorder, intellectual disabilities (ID) and ADHD). She has worked in a broad range of settings including pediatric psychiatry, child-youth protection agencies, and various centers and programs for people with ASD and ID.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING: Occupational Performance Coaching (Fiona Graham NZROT, Ph.D.), Psychosensory Processing Intervention (Kim Bathel, OTR), Building Blocks to Sensory Integration: The Sensory Motor Foundations for Attention and Learning (Sheila Frick, OTR/L), Trauma Informed Approach to Sensory Processing Disorders & Arousal (Sheila Frick, OTR/L), L’Approche d’intégration sensorielle (Marie-Josée Tessier, erg.) TRANSLATION: Sensory Integration Approach, L’univers de la conscience corporelle (Josiane Caron Santha, erg.) TRANSLATION: The World of Body Awareness