Regarding Our In-Clinic and Telehealth Therapy Services During COVID-19
My three year old daughter began working with Foundations Pediatric Therapy of Houston in February 2020, shortly before the pandemic began. As a parent who was just learning about occupational therapy and how it could help my daughter, I was a little skeptical at the start that it would actually fix all the struggles. However, I started noticing behavioral improvements after a few sessions. When the pandemic hit, I decided to continue with my daughter's sessions, because I trusted the staff and their protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible. The in person sessions have been a great outlet for my daughter who is otherwise cooped up in our house with school being canceled and the stay at home orders. She absolutely loves seeing the therapists she has been working and playing with. We also have tried some Telehealth sessions, because we wanted to work on eating at home. It has turned out to be an opportunity for me to learn along with my child as to how to help her. After just one telehealth session, dinner time has become so much more fun, and I have learned to relax and play with my child in a way that I did not before thanks to what I learned. Consequently, my daughter is already eating better! To be honest, I am stunned at her progress since February. My little girl who was afraid of everything and crying frequently is now engaging outside in messy play, taking risks riding bikes and scooters, actually doing her schoolwork with a smile, and picking up around the house without major tantrums. I am amazed at a what a few months at Foundations has made in her behavior and performance, not to mention our life as a family. Our entire family’s quality of life has improved thanks to Foundations, and I can’t recommend them enough…even during the coronavirus pandemic.
We have been lucky to work with the team at Foundations Pediatric Therapy for the past 9 months. Our boys not only look forward to their appointments, but they have also benefited greatly from their work with the wonderful therapists at Foundations. The team at Foundations were incredibly accommodating during the restrictions brought by COVID-19. Besides meticulous disinfection process at the facility, the therapists works with our family through TeleHealth sessions ensuring continuing support for our family. They team has been creative, adaptable and highly communicative. Discussing activities planned prior to each session has allowed us to prepare the children giving them the opportunity to help design the sessions and thus providing them with a sense of control during these uncertain times. We have been able to also engage in group sessions, an advantage of TeleHealth at this time. We are grateful to have been able to continue the therapeutic interventions through TeleHealth and look forward to in-person sessions.
As I'm sure has been the case for many families, the Covid-19 virus has turned our lives upside down. We are struggling to maintain a balance between keeping our son safe and happy and ensuring that he has some sense of normalcy. Over the past couple of months, we have been utterly grateful for the staff at Foundations! We bring our son in for one-on-one sessions, and it has been a godsend. Not only does he get an opportunity to get his wiggles out in a clean/safe environment, but he also gets emotional support from the staff that helps him understand the world around him. We would not have been able to get through this crisis without the support of the Foundations team!
As parents, my husband and I were worried about how not getting his therapy every week would impact our son Gabriel during this whole pandemic. We were also concerned about possibility of Gabriel or any one of us contracting COVID-19. We are so glad we continued taking Gabriel to the clinic for his Occupational Therapy Sessions. The ladies at Foundations really go above and beyond to make sure everything is safe and sanitized for my Gabriel’s therapy. The measures put in place are reassuring and we got a sense of comfort and safety. Love, safety, support, empathy and compassion is so present every time I take my son there. Gabriel also takes Speech Therapy at Foundations. I must confess, my husband and I were skeptical that speech therapy over video conference (Zoom) could be effective, especially with Gabriel’s attention span (he’s a very energetic 4 year old). We chose to give it a try and we were blown away by Ms. Rose’s ability to keep Gabriel on task and focused. Ms. Rose, is amazing at capturing Gabriel’s hard to get attention & focus! In the process, my husband and I have learned so much from Ms. Rose (how to keep our little man focused and listening to our words while not losing our patience). Ms. Diana, Ms. Emma, Ms. Rose, Ms. Carolina and Ms. Gladys are highly recommended by my husband and I. Gabriel adores them and the progress we have seen in him thanks to all these ladies is so unbelievable! Thank you ladies.
~ Oscar & Irene
The teletherapy has been a fun way for my son, Jake, to stay connected to our Foundations friends while continuing to work on his occupational therapy. Emma has had a lot of great ideas to keep Jake engaged while encouraging him to work on body awareness, movement, and core strength. From fun games of tug-of-war with his sister, laundry basket races, reading and talking about stories, to dance parties and bubble popping, we are enjoying making the most of the situation and maintaining a sense of normalcy and continuity in our little man's life. I strongly recommend trying Zoom teletherapy sessions with Foundations!
Members of Our Professional Network
As a referring pediatrician and a father of a patient I have seen on many occasions the rare gifts of Emma Wilking and the Foundations team. I am so impressed with their tireless effort to identify the needs of each child and with their infinite patience as they work to help them achieve their goals.
~ Dr. Alexander Injac
We have invited representatives from Foundations Pediatric Therapy to be a part of our Parent Education series for the past 2 years. They have spoken about feeding issues, sensory integration and social emotional development. They have provided our parents with professional, well researched information as well as compassion and understanding. The parents have responded well to their presentations providing much positive feedback after their visits. I am so grateful to have such warm, experienced support from their organization and know I can count on them to assist our preschool families navigate the early years.
~ Debra Fischer, Director of St. Paul’s School
I always appreciate collaborating with Foundations Pediatric. They are quick to respond, intuitive, and creative with solutions stretching to the home and school settings. I am impressed with their skills that seem to go beyond what we think of as traditional occupational therapy. When I speak with Foundations for patient care, the result is always a higher level of care through collaboration.
~ Julie Jones, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S, Tarnow Center for Self-Management
Foundations Pediatric Therapy is a true partner for success! Their commitment to communication and collaboration as a team of families, teachers, and professionals has supported extraordinary progress at home, at school, and in the community. It is a joy to work together with Foundations Pediatric Therapy to help children learn, play, and grow to success!
~ Rebecca A. Weiner, M.Ed., Educational Consultant with Learn Play Grow
From Our Families
Emma has been working with my son on the autism spectrum for a decade and also treated with my son with ADHD for several years in the past. She has been a blessing to our whole family in every way by reaching our children in a way that few people have or can, educating us as parents and helping us all meet them where they are. Articulating her gifts and the beautiful heart she possesses and shares with her clients is truly not possible.
~ Rachel G.
I HIGHLY recommend both Diana and Emma. My son has seen Diana for general OT needs for a few years and she is fantastic. He also saw Emma for a shorter period of time (in addition to Diana) and she was also wonderful with him. They are very forward thinking in their approach and engage my son in activities that have really made a difference in his abilities. I have taken him elsewhere in the past where the activities did not really challenge him and make a difference. So, have something to compare to. I have known Diana for over 4 years.
Diana, thanks for making my life better. Thanks for teaching me to swing high.
~ 10 year old client
Emma Wilking came highly recommended by our daughter's therapist, and she has being a great team player for my daughter's treatment for anxiety (sensory triggered) and depression. Emma is great with teenagers and develops a quick trust and engagement. I have been so impressed with her active and patient-oriented evaluation of the tools available. She has proposed adjustment when pertinent and under her care, my daughter has learned multiple coping strategies.
~ Pilar Hernandez