Unlock your child’s lifelong potential through occupational therapy services. Whether you’re well-versed in OT or just beginning to explore its benefits, this comprehensive information will help you decide if it’s right for your child.
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She has a deep understanding of Sensory Processing and is a true advocate for children that learn and think differently.
My daughter has seen Michaela on and off for the last four years. She is able to identify her needs, set goals for her, and help her to achieve these goals. She also walked alongside us through the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process. Her advice and insights were extremely helpful throughout this process and have allowed us to have a successful plan in place at school.
We are so fortunate to have found Michaela Gordon and feel grateful to have such a caring, passionate expert available in Santa Barbara.
Several years later, we found ourselves working with her again to strengthen focus and organizational skills. She has always been an extremely knowledgeable and helpful soundboard for us. We have actively tried to support our son without medicating him, and Michaela has been instrumental in that process. She has gone above and beyond to help us give our son the proper tools he needs to navigate his specific challenges. I highly recommend her.
Michaela’s comprehensive background in sensory therapies was an additional advantage because she was able to help my child improve fine motor skills and daily communication skills while simultaneously enhancing cognition.
We, as a family, are so very grateful to have been able to work with Michaela!
Not only has she helped him meet his motor goals, develop his visual perceptual skills, and support him with sensory integration strategies, but she continues to work to further develop him as a whole person, realizing his uniqueness and celebrating his talents. She has been a tremendous advocate for both academic and social goals.
Michaela is truly amazing, and our entire family has grown because of her. Michaela is also a very skilled practitioner in cranial sacral therapy, which she performed on me during my pregnancy and after birth for my newborn. It’s hard to imagine life before Michaela; she is a gift to us all!
My chiropractor recommended Michaela for cranial sacral therapy. After 2 sessions with Michaela, my baby was able to latch to both sides. Since I was exclusively breastfeeding my baby after that, Michaela also helped me and my baby transition to bottle feeding to go back to work.
I do not know how things would have been different, but I would recommend her to anyone with babies that are having trouble feeding. Michaela is so professional and is truly caring to her clients.
Michaela has a gift in her ability to engage children in a fun and easygoing manner. She has been an incredibly helpful resource to our family. With her support, we were able to find other professionals to help our son thrive in his academic environment. She is a pleasure to work with; her communication skills, as well as her long-term plans for our child, have allowed our family to be at ease, knowing that realistic goals will be met in a timely manner.
Recently, we have sought Michaela’s expertise to help our highly sensitive 10-year-old child learn much-needed executive functioning skills. We are confident that with her knowledge, she will help our son develop strategies to be able to learn basic life skills needed to perform daily tasks.
Overall, Michaela’s professionalism, knowledge, and warmth are a much-needed relief for parents dealing with the many challenges that arise in raising children.
It turns out that he has trouble regulating himself. When he gets excited, he has a hard time calming back down. Just verbally telling him to calm down was definitely not enough. Michaela is so gentle yet firm with my son and her expectations of him. She incorporates games and play into her sessions, and my son looks forward to each and every session with her.
She explains to me why she does each particular task and helps me understand how it can help him and how I can incorporate the same at home. She is patient, kind, and full of knowledge. One of the books she recommended for me is what I now refer to as “My Bible”. She is passionate about her work and is excited to share her knowledge with others. We are so happy we found Michaela!
We are forever grateful for the support and the difference Michaela made in our children’s well-being!
Furthermore, as a parent of a child who experiences many sensory and behavioral challenges, I can honestly say that Michaela is one of the best providers my family has had the privilege of working with. The results we have experienced since my daughter began treatment with Michaela, four months ago, have been thrilling to all of us. My daughter loves working with her, my husband is amazed by her knowledge and intuition, and I am simply ecstatic to have my six-year-old now able to sit quietly with me for cuddles and conversation!
What makes Michaela different from other OTs is her ability to work with and educate parents about their child’s needs. Because of Michaela’s expert advice, I’ve learned proactive strategies to keep my son healthy, happy, and safe in our home and in the community. It’s made such a difference in our lives!
He has become mentally organized. His grades are much improved. He listens to and follows directions of both his teacher and parents. He can write sentences and paragraphs easily now, a task which would take hours previously.
I highly recommend her!
He has made tremendous progress and is more confident in his abilities. Michaela is always upbeat and positive, very good at what she does. We feel our nephew has a bright future, thanks in part to Michaela.
Sure enough, Michaela has a program for each and every one of those issues – from fine motor skills, emotional behavior, vestibular, to picky eating issues, and also a listening program that helped tremendously. I truly felt that I found the right therapist when I used Michaela Gordon’s services because she knew exactly what my daughter needed and when she needed a program.
There’s no one like Michaela in this area that offers as many solid programs as she does. For us, it was the best thing because we didn’t have to go to several specialists when she was the answer to all of our sensory issues needs.
You will always be greeted by Michaela’s sunny disposition, and she will give you feedback with a positive outlook and hope for the future — a special skill that’s often missing in the special needs community!
Little did we know that Michaela not only was the right person for the job but she also became our trusted friend and ally! My son, reluctant at the beginning, grew to like and respect her. Personally, I found her advice and guidance extremely valuable and helpful. She was always on time, prepared, focused, extremely patient, and ready to answer our questions.
As a result of her hard work, our son’s school performance improved dramatically, so did his self-confidence and social skills. I would wholeheartedly recommend Michaela to anybody looking for help for his or her child. There are many good occupational therapists out there, but if you are looking for somebody you could actually develop a working relationship with, Michaela is the one.