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After more than 20 years of providing occupational therapy services to children and families, REACH Therapy Services will be closing on December 31, 2018. It has been a tremendous pleasure to work with so many of you in our communities, but the time has come for our organization to wind down.
If you are looking for an occupational therapist to work with your child, please see the information below as some of our therapists will be continuing to provide services as independent practitioners.
You may also wish to visit www.privatepediatrictherapy.com for a list of private OT practitioners in the GTA, or the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists’ “Find an OT” tool at:
If you are a former REACH client and want to get in touch with the therapist with whom you worked, contact information for each of the REACH therapists is also available below.
With our thanks and best wishes,
Deb, Nancy, and Sandi
REACH Managing Associates
REACH Therapists who will be continuing as independent practitioners:
Francine Cleary has been an occupational therapist focused on children and their families for more than 20 years. She has worked with children of all ages in homes, schools and childcare centres. Francine is a Professional Associate with the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University where she teaches students in tutorial groups.
Francine will continue to see children who have coordination, feeding and sensory processing challenges that interfere with their participation in daily activities. She is currently serving children of all ages in their homes and schools in the Oakville and Burlington area. She can provide daytime appointments and limited afterschool appointments.
Wendy Johnson has been an occupational therapist for 20 years, spending the last 10 years focused on work with children with learning differences and developmental delays. She has significant experience supporting children who have feeding, sensory, motor and learning challenges. Wendy values the importance of supporting children and their families at home, in school and in their communities. Wendy’s work experience has included being part of an autism treatment team and working in a children’s treatment center in Western Canada.
Wendy will continue to see children who are preschool to middle school ages, and who find school skills, and self-care routines challenging. She has experience working with children who have sensory processing needs, who need support with self regulation skills and who have weak executive function skills. Wendy is available for consultation in the community and in your home in areas surrounding Milton, Carlisle, and Georgetown. Her availability for services is usually Fridays, Monday afternoons, with some evening and weekends available.
Ali Leibner-Cooper began her career as a teacher, with a B.Ed from McGill University, and has taught around the globe. After 4 years of teaching, Ali returned to school to complete her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. In addition to REACH, Ali has worked as a school-based OT at a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and as a community-based OT for children with a variety of needs. Ali has experience with direct and consultative therapy to promote healthy physical, social, and emotional development and well-being related to school, play, and self-care. Ali also has experience in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), which involves incorporating animals into treatment sessions to motivate and engage clients.
Ali will continue to see children from preschool to middle school ages with a variety of conditions such as Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fine motor challenges, Developmental Coordination Disorder, self regulation, school function, sensory processing, and those without any diagnosis but experiencing functional difficulties in school, play, and/or self-care. Geographical areas covered are from downtown Toronto to Scarborough, up to the 401. Ali works flexible days and times.
Kathy Stazyk has been working as an occupational therapist with children for over 30 years in hospitals, homes and community. She has extensive experience with infants, preschoolers and young children who have sensory, motor and feeding issues. In the past few years, Kathy has built upon her knowledge of brain injury, including research and work with children and teens recovering from concussion and in her role on a multidisciplinary Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder ( FASD) diagnostic team. In addition to REACH, Kathy is also a clinical lecturer at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.
Kathy will continue to practice private occupational therapy until June 2019 in a limited capacity with children in the Hamilton/Burlington areas with developmental issues including difficulties with motor and sensory functioning that interfere with everyday routines. This will be a very part time practice limited to 2 days a week. Priority will be given to past clients.
Sandra (Sandi) Sahagian Whalen has been practicing as an occupational therapist with children, youth and young adults for more than 35 years in a wide variety of settings. In addition to her work with REACH Therapy Services, Sandi has also been involved with clinical research and resource development with the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University. She has been a peer assessor with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, is currently an inspector with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and is a competency assessor with the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations’ (ACOTRO) SEAS program. She is one of the founders of REACH.
Sandi is continuing to accept referrals for school-aged clients with motor coordination challenges which are impacting their daily life in the areas of self care, productivity (including writing) and leisure/play. She is also available to assist youth and young adults who require accommodations to support their academic success in high school and post-secondary education due to challenges with written productivity as a result of coordination impairments or a learning disability. Her primary geographical areas includes: Halton Hills (Georgetown and Acton), Milton and Oakville, but she is willing to consider referrals in the broader GTA for post-secondary clients. (additional travel costs may apply for clients outside of Halton Region).
For former REACH clients:
Below is contact information for the other REACH occupational therapists if you need to contact your former OT to ask a question about your past service or client record: