“When we first came to ‘Ohana I felt like I didn’t know how to parent my son. Max was always hitting, wrestling, afraid of loud noises, sensitive to smells, had such a hard time controlling his body. The hardest part was seeing that Max was just as confused and lost as I was. When I think of how far Max has come, I want to cry. Max is like a new kid! He is able to focus on tasks, hold his body still and control himself whether at school, the grocery store or at home playing with his siblings. He has now started Kindergarten and he is excelling in allareaswhich truly would not have been possible before we came to ‘Ohana. Before coming to ‘Ohana everyone in our family was a little frustrated and exhausted to some degree because of our family dynamic with Max. When we learned why he behaved the way he did and that there was help for Max and out family we felt hopeful. We all have been empowered with knowledge and copoing skills for the present and the future. “Ohana OT” is an appropriate name because it truly feels like family. That is what we love the most!Everyone cares for my son and our family. Building that relationship has been essential for Max’s success and the key to why he is now thriving.”
“Logan was having a very hard time in school. He was repeatedly was in trouble for falling out of his chair and never could stay on task. He had a hard time interacting with the kids and was always behind in class. He would get upset and roll into a ball at home and shutdown. Since coming to ‘Ohana OT Logan has grown in his relationships. He has become less of a distraction in his classroom. Staying more on task and not falling out of his chair. Logan has changed and his outbursts at home have almost stopped. He tries ot listen and communicate better. It has helped with the tension at home. Logan has learned tools to deal with his problems. ‘Ohana was the first place to help. Doctor wanted to drug him. Another therapist did nothing and it would take Logan 3 days to calm down after a visit”. – James and Holly
“When Orion started at Ohana he had a lot of trouble with personal space boundaries, climbing everything and everyone. He would throw his body on couches, walls, the floor constantly. Engaging with other people was very difficulty and even being in a room of a few people was way too much. Now Orion is a different kid, he is able to carry a conversation, hear and process what you are saying. He is aware of his surroundings more. He is more flexible and his sensory seeking has lessened dramatically. His meltdowns are less frequent and shorter. Ohana has become a part of our family! Orion started coming when he was 3 years old. They have helped him overcome so many obstacles. They have empowered me as his mom to know what he needs and how to help him. He has struggles sensorywise day to day. But I am able to understand what is going on with him and why and that is due to Ohana. They are amazing. They changed our lives. I love how you are there for the family as well as the child. You made sure I understood what was happening and how I could help. Orion has been to so many therapies and when we started at Ohana we saw change almost immediately and that was just amazing. I think you guys are doing great. You have always done a great job. Keep up the amazing, life changing work. Thank you so much for everything, you have been a light in our lives for along time. We have learned so much from you!” Molly- (mom)
” When we first came to Ohana Silas threw huge tantrums and had constant need for movement. He was unable to vocalize feelings very well. Now he is calmer, able to vocalize feelings better, let’s me know when he needs certain/different calming techniques. Ohana OT has helped us work as a team figuring out what is needed for Silas physically and emotionally. We like the consistency in scheduling and the open communication at Ohana. ” Crystal (mom)
“When Parks started at Ohana he had difficulty sitting still at school and leaning his head on his desk. He had trouble listening in class. Now he has improved ability to listen, sit at desk without putting his head on it. He can now ride a bike independently. We really like our therapist Jen. She always provides unique and helpful insight with challenges that come up.”- Hillary
“When Slade started at Ohana OT he was unable to sit in his seat for an extended period of time, could not focus while writing and seemed to be physically tired from typical activities. Now he is sitting still longer in class, handwriting in improving, situational awareness is improving and core strength is getting stronger. Ohana staff has without knowing it , become a huge part of our family life- even outside of the facility. We as a family can use the tools Ohana had given us, and implement them in our day to day routine. The patience and knowledge that we’ve been given helps our day to day activities without these tools we would be back to where we started.” – Ashley
“Before coming to Ohana my son was prone to emotional outbursts and running away. Now he is calmer, easier to talk to when he is upset. He is more willing to talk to people about his needs and wants. My son is more interactive with his family. He used to shut us all out. He is like a completly different kid. I love that Mary is always willing to answer my questions . She is amazing with my son.”- Savannah
“When Zoey started at Ohana OT she had problems communicating her feelings, regulating her emotions and taking care of her personal hygiene. Now she is able to recognize when she is feeling frustrated and using the Zones to get back to the “green zone”. Ohana OT has made simple tasks less frustrating. We are not always yelling. We like the relaxed atmosphere where she feels valued and it is fun. “- Kim
“When Ella started at “Ohana she had pain in her throat, over reactions to stimulus and anxiety. She is now more calm and has no more pain in her throat. Jen has shared her concern, love, care for Ella. She has created trust, gaining Ella’s trust and comfort. Jen has helped us understand Ella’s needs. Thank you for helping us see new perspectives, tools and abilities. ‘Ohana has give us a centered safe place to grow and understand Ella better” – Lara (Mom)
” When Tobias started at Ohana he has long and short term memory problems of basic things and problems doing things in sequence, remembering what to do or what was asked. Now he has improved memory. We have an understanding of how he is able to memorize things by attaching it to other events or things, using various tools for success (ie. My Best Day, calendars, highlighting). He has less frustration accomplishing tasks, more confidence and independence in life skills. We like how Ohana worked along with our family to troubleshoot solutions to improve tasks that are a struggle, with creative ideas that make life more of a joy. Our son enjoyed coming to Ohana!- Holly
” When we started coming to Ohana OT he sensory overloaded often, couldn’t communicate, constantly jumping and stimming. Now he is calmer, better at listening to adults at home and daycare. He’s a happier kid and better at playing with others. I love how much he loves coming to therapy. He loves to come and play. He doesn’t even know he’s working on his therapy. Keep up the good work :-)” – Kayla
Before coming to ‘Ohana Ismael would fall a lot , his balance was bad. He also had bad handwriting. We no longer get calls from school saying he had an accident and his handwriting has improved. Our family life has changedbecause he now enjoys playing adventurous games and he used to not want to because he was afraid of falling.
When we started at ‘Ohana Yahir would run off on me. He would be very rough with his brothers and not aware of his strength. throw himself on the floor, bump and crash with things very loud. Now he is more aware of his body and strength. He no longer runs off on me. We can go out without worrying about Yahir hurting himself or others. or getting lost.
We have seen lots of changes in Leivy. She no longer throws herself on the floor, gives people their space, controls and expresses her emotions better, more balance and can sit for longer time. ‘Ohana has had a big impact on our family life. I don’t worry as much as I use to and we can definitely go out without me being worried.
The‘Ohana staff is so loving and dedicated. You guys are great!
– Lorena (Mom)
“We had many concerns when Daniel started at Ohana, especially his balance and the way of taking care of himself. I have seen so many changes in Daniel. Now he puts his clothes on and brushes his teeth. Ohana has had an impact on my families life in so many ways. Now we are not worried about him like before. He’s more independent doing his things without much help. Ohana has helped my son and I like Ohana because they help families and kids with needs. ” Liliana- Mother
When Joey first started coming to ‘Ohana she was having social problems, and she was very distressed by sounds. We had to always be with her for safety reasons. Now Joey has friends. She can think through most situations (crossing the street etc.) and be safe. We can go out to eat, or over to friends house for dinner. It is just wonderful that the kids think they are just here to play, so they love to come!
When DD started at Ohana he had problems with attention and behavior. He now focuses and listens well. My child will now follow directions, listen and is kind. We like how Ohana teaches parents what to be doing at home.
Some of the problems and concerns we had when Nico started at ‘Ohana included anxiety- leaving the house and transitions, clothing- would not wear pants, underwear, socks, or shoes, and had meltdowns with out of control emotions. We have seen HUGE changes! Nico now loves school, trying new activities, and making friends. Nico no longer has transition issues, has minimal challenges with clothing, and continues to make process with regulating emotions. ‘Ohana has helped educate us as parents to better understand SPD. The changes we have seen in Nico have improved our family dynamic dramatically. ‘Ohana OT provides excellent communication, compassion, and is an informative resource for help! Jen has a gift for making OT fun.
When George and Jessie started at ‘Ohana they didn’t have any balance, and they didn’t know how to ride their bikes. They had trouble making friends and initiating conversations with others. George and Jessie were not able to express their emotions or concerns.
‘Ohana has been great because I can tell them the problems my kids are having, and they listen and offer solutions. Now they are able to ride their bikes, and they have started making friends. They are able to tell me about their worries and look for solutions. Their balance has improved on the obstacle courses, and they only need a little help. ‘Ohana has helped our family so much. My kids have changed so much; they are achieving their goals and are gaining confidence.
“Before coming to ‘Ohana Gus was very physical with myself and other children. He didn’t listen to our instructions which caused us to worry about his safety. He also had trouble with transitions at preschool. Now Gus is much better at listening ans following directions. His teachers say he has improved immensely at school and he is on par with his peers in regard to gross and fine motor skills and behavior. We can channel his physicality into appropriate activities. Our family has many more tools to help Gus function in a normal preschool setting and interact with family and friends. He is able to listen and follow instructions most of the time. Every appointment I can bring in my concerns and the staff gives me reasonable instructions and tools to help. I have books, advice and tools to help Gus for the rest of his life. “- Guenna Curtis
When Cooper started at ‘Ohana we were concerned about him following directions, paying attention, respecting personal space with peers, fighting at school and he was reactive to problem social situations. He also had negative self talk. He is now able to use problem solving strategies, negative self talk is a rarity, he is less reactive and has a more regulated response system. He is able to follow directions now. This has impacted our family with less arguing, a calmer environment and he is happier. Thank you for making it super fun so he always wants go to! – Jamie, mother
Aggression, angry outbursts toward everyone and everything, and inability to control emotions were some of the problems and concerns Ethan started at ‘Ohana with. He no longer has daily outburst, and can de-escalate situations before losing control 90% of the time. Ethan has been able to verbalize his emotions and feelings more than he ever has before. ‘Ohana’s impact on Ethan has made our home life much calmer. We do not feel like we are walking around on eggshells wondering when the next “blow-up” will come. We no longer have to worry about saying the wrong thing, or looking at him the wrong way, which used to set him off. We really like the “family” style here, and really enjoyed our buddy sessions (learning to work with our new friend).
Before Luis started at ‘Ohana he had a lot of problems taking care of himself. I have seen many changes in his behavior. He has grown up in many areas, especially his thinking before speaking or acting.He has also learned how to deal with his emotions, and if he is feeling bad or angry, he can work alone to feel better and change his attitude. Ohana OT has impacted our family in many good ways. Luis plays with his brothers, shares with others, and talks more at dinner time. I love everything about ‘Ohana, and they treat everyone very well!
When we first started at ‘Ohana I was worried about Rylee not doing well in school. I was also worried about her fear of normal sounds and activities. Rylee now can enjoy normal activities such as brushing her teeth and playing at the playground without fear.
‘Ohana has definitely helped our family routine run smoothly and helped Rylee better navigate social situations. I like that ‘Ohana has friendly staff and is helpful with coming up with ideas that work with our family at home.
Some of our problems and concerns with Ben were aggression, anxiety, emotional detachment, and self-stimulation. ‘Ohana OT has helped Ben become more emotionally aware of self, and he has learned coping skills for anxiety and aggression.
Ohana has given our family a chance at bonding with Ben. We have all learned to be aware of triggers and how to help Ben cope. Something I really like about ‘Ohana is how Mary listens to my concerns and helps Ben understand his own needs. They cared!
When we first began coming to ‘Ohana, our son Cameron was easily bothered by loud sounds, having trouble playing, paying attention, and focusing for more than a few minutes. Now he can tolerate loud sounds better, and we are working to create a way for him to focus without having meltdowns. ‘Ohana has given us the tools to not only get to know what triggers our son, and the ability to help him overcome them. Jen is the best! She has helped us so much! Everyone knows our son’s name when we walk in and it feels very much like a family connection, instead of cold and business like. It feels like you only want to help us. We are so very happy we found ‘Ohana!
When we started at ‘Ohana our concerns were safety and not learning by experience (touching hot stove, jumping off things) Mario would turn right around and do them again. Now Mario can ask questions and express his feelings. I can explain that something is not safe, and he can tell me that he feels “disappointed”. Now we can go out to dinner or over to a friends house, sit and read books together, or watch a movie. Something I really like about ‘Ohana is that the staff enjoy my kids and understand how to help them.
Some of the problems and concerns Natalie had when we started at ‘Ohana included frequently bumping into people and things in her surroundings, difficulty maintaining good posture in a chair, playing games with others (taking turns and losing), daily meltdowns, and impulsive control issues. I really liked how ‘Ohana listened to my concerns and helped me problem solve. Natalie now has much better posture in a chair, can tolerate car rides and spinning, is much more willing to take turns and handles losing just fine now. Melt downs have decreased as well. ‘Ohana has had an impact on our family life; Natalie is able to interact with her siblings and friends better now. She is also moving in her environment with more control and no longer bumps into things.
Since coming to ‘Ohana, Hunter is able to recognize his feelings and can calm down faster than before. At home there are still battles, but not as many! Ohana staff are friendly, knowledgeable, work with your concerns.
Tippy toe walking, eating, spinning, touching strangers, standing too close to others, running off, touching/hugging brothers too much, not listening… these were some of the problems and concerns we had with Connor when we started at ‘Ohana. Now Connor is eating a little better, and doesn’t eat dinner under the table. I really like that the kids learn “hands on” at ‘Ohana.
“Haeydn is able to thrive in social interactions and at school. He is able to recognize what emotion he is feeling and have control over his feelings and body. He is SO much better at communicating and ‘Ohana helped me be more confident as a parent!“
“I like ‘Ohana’s approach to therapy because it’s fun and organic…it doesn’t feel like work. Aiden has become a confident, happy, capable boy because of ‘Ohana and their work with him. He no longer cries himself to sleep and he is ready to face the day and the future.”
“We liked how ‘Ohana is always a fun place to go, but at the same time corrects the issues we were concerned about. We appreciated how the staff was always friendly, even if they were working with other kids.”
“We LOVE ‘Ohana! I saw such an improvement in Ryan, not only physically but in confidence. He always had so much fun he didn’t even realize we were “working on things.” Ryan is now more engaged socially and able to physically keep up on family walks.”
“Anthony’s sensory sensitivities are so much more under control now. Now we have tools to help Anthony cope with potentially stressful situations, and we can attend more events which is fun for the whole family. We love how ‘Ohana uses play to make such a huge difference!“
Jayden first started at ‘Ohana with weak muscle tone and meltdowns. We had a very difficult time being able to go into stores with Jayden. We have seen major changes in Jayden. We enjoy going into stores now and he is better at controlling compulsions and his muscle tone has improved.What I really like about ‘Ohana OT is how they addressed our hurdles during sessions.
When Nick first started coming to ‘Ohana he was all over the place, unable to focus, and frequently melting down. Now we are better able to go about our daily routines… Nick has become much stronger, can focus, and behavior issues at school are much better. ‘Ohana OT is child focused, and meets kids where they are.
“We LOVE the obstacle courses, amazing staff, and the Zones were fantastic! Gianna is now able to self-regulate and can de-escalate much sooner.”
“Ohana has made a huge difference in our family dynamics. Titus has significantly improved in all categories, with many issues being entirely resolved. We are very grateful that we finally found the help we needed!”
“We noticed a big change in Vivie after her very first treatment with the QRI. She had two very good days in a row following our visit, which rarely happens with her. She was much more relaxed, not chasing me to the door or becoming anxious when she couldn’t see me. She was more capable with her attempts to communicate, less frustrated and no angry fits. We are very excited to continue these treatments for her!”
“Under the amazing care of the professionals at ‘Ohana, my son is on track to overcoming many of his anxiety and sensory challenges. While we waited for Occupational Therapy, we decided to start Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI). Though I was skeptical of this new technology, I could not be happier with the results! My son has already significantly made improvements just with the QRI alone. Prior to QRI laser he was having 2 hour daily meltdowns, and refused to wear socks, underwear or jeans. Just from the laser alone while waiting for his OT eval, he began wearing socks, underwear and jeans and was only having 30 minute meltdowns every other day. ‘Ohana’s Quantrum Reflex Integration is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it whether it is a starting point or used in conjunction with Occupational Therapy.”|
“‘Ohana helped us to learn about our children’s sensitivities, created exercises for us to practice at home, and taught us ways to help us all communicate better. Life is easier now…we struggle less with daily tasks and getting ready for school is a breeze!”
When we started at Ohana we were concerned with socially inappropriate behaviors related to his sensory needs, emotional outbursts at home, worried about his ability to stay engaged at school. He has has huge changes! He knows his sensory needs and can self regulate based on the tools he’s learned and practiced at ‘Ohana. He is doing great at school and his ability to participate in adaptive skills at home have improved tremendously. Ohana has helped us understand our kiddo’s needs much better and given us all the tools we need to help our home be more peaceful. Ohana is a safe , welcoming environment, staff and therapists who care deeply about our kids and family and want to help us in any way they can! – Natalie an Kaala Knell
“When we started therapy at Ohana, I had concerns about my son’s safety, impulsivity, constant meldowns, and his inability to sit still for meals and activities. Occupational therapy has since increased his ability to sit still and find success at kindergarten. He also has a better ability to listen and follow directions.
“Our daughter was always bouncing off the walls. Her impulsiveness would put her in situations that might cause injury and scare us when she would not listen. We also had a really hard time transitioning from one task or setting to another. Our daughter is not able to transition most of the time with verbal coaxing and understands that she needs to listen to us or hold our hand in unsafe areas such as parking lots. Ohana’s tools have also helped her focus much of the time on a task that she has less interest in. We are much more at ease because we have fewer safety concerns and are able to use verbal ques and choices instead of physically having to remove our daughter from unsafe situations.”
“It has been wonderful to watch our son’s independence blossom as he is able to do more for himself. We have also enjoyed being able to take him to louder events like parades and live theater. Before we were concerned because our son had heightened sensitivity to noise and stimulation that made it hard for him to participate in anything with a large group. We really appreciate Ohana’s willingness to educate us as parents so that we can continue to help at home.”
“My son has only had a few occupational therapy sessions and we are already seeing improvement. he is able to evaluate “scary” situations, knowing that he has some control over inputs. Our “sensory homework” helps him have a more flexible attitude, and I am seeing less anxious behavior.
Ohana has been a blessing to our family!! We highly recommend Ohana!!”
“Rusty has made improvements in all areas we had concerns in: Behavior, Anger, Tics, and Appetite. We have seen the most improvement in tics and behavior. Ohana has great, friendly staff, lots of toys, they were able to keep things fun during therapy. Rusty seems to be less overstimulated and is able to handle change and transitions better.”
” Before starting at Ohana we had concerns about our son’s emotional control, feeding problems, and repetitive behaviors (tics). Ohana helped us learn to recognize behaviors that can escalate and we learned how to help him deescalate. We learned better ways of helping him try new foods and reduced his stress through movement. Our son is now able to self regulate, he is trying new foods, and he is gaining self confidence.
“I’m all crazy about ‘Ohana! I tell everyone I know about how much impact you have had on our family. Positive impact! You have given me confidence. I’m more confident when it comes to how we parent the kids and you have given me the courage to change areas that needed improvement. Before starting at ‘Ohana OT Emma was sensitive to loud sounds, had balance issues, unfounded fears to many areas of daily life, and food texture issues. Landon and I truly knew little about Sensory Processing Disorder. Our eyes have been opened ! You all have helped us more than you know. We have better tools to parent two of the most important people in our lives. Family life seems to be more calm. Now Emma does so much better in many areas of her life. One of the biggest changes we’ve seen is that her level of fear is within “normal” range. She actually challenges herself to overcome whatever fear that may come up. Honestly, I’m not sure how ‘Ohana could improve. You all will be missed greatly! Thank you! Thank you Sandi, you have a special bond with Emma and she loves you!” – Donna Michaelson
“I love ALL the workers, they are Amazing! My kids love them too.
They have made a positive change in our life.”
“We loved our time at ‘Ohana OT! Before coming to ‘Ohana OT Silas was having difficulty at home :
- Huge tantrums/meltdowns (especially around meals)
- Hard time regulating his body – too physical with others
- Hard time regulating volume when inappropriate
- Distracted and hard time focusing with external stimuli
Changes I have seen in Silas since coming to ‘Ohana OT include:
- Meltdowns are few and he can usually verbalize through them and be redirected much easier
- Better at regulating and “re-regulating” with verbal cues
- Can more easily refocus him when he is distracted and over stimulated
It was really helpful to have concepts to understand and explain what was happening.
It was helped us have more compassion during challenging times. We liked having “homework” and movements to work on and other activity ideas. It was also helpful to have concepts to keep in mind for future potential difficulties (i.e. in school). We appreciated all the handouts / exercises and info to read. I wouldn’t mind more! Thanks for letting Arlene be a part! Thank you Katie!!”-Stephanie Drexil 8/21/15
“The staff makes OT both fun and challenging, Edward LOVES coming and participating in the activities. They have helped Edward recognize his triggers and given him skills to cope. Wish he could come here just to play! When Edward started at ‘Ohana OT he was having multiple outbursts a day at school. He was aggressive and physical towards the school staff and others. We adopted two small girls and were concerned about his behavior towards them. Now we see changes in Edward. Toward the end of the school year he was able to make it through the day with little or no problems. If he did have an issue, it was usually small, and he was able to work through the problem rather quickly”. – Steve M
“When Payton started at ‘Ohana OT she had problems with behavior, balance, not feeling pain, self-harm, multiple melt-downs daily and she would run away. Since coming to ‘Ohana OT behavior has improved, balance is amazing, feels pain more often, does not self harm as often, meltdowns are down to 1-2x per week or less. She no longer has to be in a shopping cart and walks beside me. She does not run away in parks. She is more balanced and focused. We see “real Payton” more often – most of the time now. You need to clone yourselves – need more of you .” – Ana Marie
“Before coming to ‘Ohana OT Brice was often frustrated with many situations at home that would end in a meltdown. He was also having trouble with loud noises at home and out in public that would end with crying. He’s always been a joy to parent, but Landon and I knew he was struggling and we needed to find help. With the Zones program he is able to detect his frustrations, he uses his tools to calm himself. He’s just a much happier kid now, much more relaxed. I also think that he is more confident and really likes the young man he is becoming. Everyone is so friendly and willing to change with issues that arise. Brice is comfortable and that makes him (and me) happy. You have given me tools to help better parent Brice. Thank You!” – Donna Michaelson
“That was one of the best times I have ever had with my kids! Ohana is such a gift to my family! We love every one of you!”-Kristen Mc Crae
“I love the staff and the care they show for each person. They are so helpful and desire to see goals met and won’t stop or give up until it’s done. When we started our son had temper tantrums, outbursts, and was quickly overwhelmed or frustrated. He was unable to tie his shoes or balance very well. Now he is able to control himself a lot better. Doesn’t hit himself anymore. He can tie his shoes and balance so well now. He is even able to feel dizzy now.”
Thank you ‘Ohana , you’ve been wonderful!”– Lori Dayton
“The OTs at ‘Ohana are the best. They really know what they’re doing and they make every visit fun and interesting. They are also very patient and they truly care about each and every child they work with. Prior to ‘Ohana my son was clumsy. He was constantly tripping and running into things. He was also almost nonverbal. Now he is more confident, his social and verbal skills have improved tremendously. I’m so grateful I came to ‘Ohana to get services for may child, thanks to them my child has improved in so many different areas.”
I really appreciate the knowledge that the staff has about how children grow. ‘Ohana staff have encouraged Shae and I both, with their loving persistence, in the goals we set out towards. Shae is steadily meeting each goal, and we are all reveling in her successes! When Shae first started at ‘Ohana, she was emotionally paralyzed by her fears and lack of confidence. Her body was weak and uncoordinated. She had great difficulty with transitions and new ideas. Now, Shae is courageous and brave! Her muscles have grown, and she is excited to try new things! She responds positively to instruction, and can follow directions well. Thank you ‘Ohana staff, especially Sandi for loving Shae! We are so grateful for your care, your dedication, and your expertise! – Carisa Haven
“Ohana means family” and this OT certainly lives up to that. Parents are encouraged to be an active part of therapy sessions and the therapists are the most caring group of people you could ever wish to meet. Mary is amazing and has chosen a magnificent group of therapists to work with her. ‘Ohana OTs work with you toward goals and celebrate with you and your child as you accomplish them. My daughter never wants to leave!!!” – Gavin Rose
“When Allen started at ‘Ohana he was was shutting down due to sensory overload, as well as in school due to scholastic frustration. The longest period that he became almost catatonic was for six full hours; it was scary, as well as heartbreaking, to watch. My son could not tolerate any but a certain type of clothing and shoe. He would only eat certain foods and refused to try anything new. He had no social skills and was excluded by his peers. My son had a very flat affect and showed no emotion. A good portion of the time he would hide in his room, and when he was out in the common areas of the house, he would not interact well (if at all) with the family. I was afraid that my son would never be able to live and function on his own, and he was getting to the age where I had to think about that.
The change has, in short, been amazing! I am thrilled with the progress he has made, and just today he graduated from ‘Ohana’s OT program. My son can now look strangers in the eye, introduce himself, and shake their hand. My son is attending college – by himself – and doing well. He can shop, cook, do his laundry, care for his pets, drive himself to school, take the bus alone, talk with his peers and understand social cues, and best of all, he is a viable and integral part of the family. He smiles. He gets sarcasm and humor. While he still has things that bother him such as loud noises, crowded areas, certain lighting, etc., he now recognizes that these things are something that he is capable of trying to work around, instead of shutting down or avoiding altogether. It is like he has “woken up” from a long, long nap. He is fully alive.
A good example is his orientation for college. This was WAY beyond what my son wanted to do or was comfortable with. He had to go to the college campus, find the area that the orientation was held, find a place to sit amongst a huge, noisy crowd of his peers, and then listen to a presentation about the school. He did go on his own, but about an hour into the presentation he felt himself getting very uncomfortable. He called me on his cell phone and told me that he was told he did not have to stay and because he was scared, he thought he should leave instead of perhaps regressing into a shutdown. I was very proud that he understood what was happening and took mature steps to help himself and to calm down.
I was impressed with the staff, particularly Mary Kostka, right from the start. Her testing was very thorough for the intake. I was kept informed at all times. I was treated as an equal, and when things were explained to me about my son’s condition, it was never in a condescending manner. I was also moved by the fact that when my son got overwhelmed during his sessions, he was treated with dignity and respect. I feel that my son got treatment above and beyond what I would expect. The staff knew exactly how much to push my son beyond his comfort zone in order to have him learn that he could do things for himself without being afraid.
I really cannot say enough good things about the treatment and care that my son received over the last two years!!! The change in him is nothing short of miraculous… Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I am very happy with every aspect – even the scheduling of appointments was easy. You guys rock!”- Terri T
“I really like that from day 1 he was treated as an individual and not just as another kid. Therapy is always tailored to his needs and not to what the other kids are doing. He is always recognized for his progress and accomplishments and not for what he is unable to do or regressions. I am very thankful for the team including us as team members too; for working with us and including us in the therapy. For understanding that we have busy lives as well and sometimes have bad weeks.Our initial concerns were: Behavioral – My child had a very high stress level, worried a lot, poor self esteem, gave up often without even trying once, had trouble focusing (mostly at school). Physical: Poor balance, fear / hesitant with movement of almost every type (spinning, swinging etc). He now has improved self confidence, better behavior at school (i.e. less disruptive per his teacher, fewer “anger episodes”, better self control (emotionally). He is interacting better with others at home and at school. He is more active, jumping more, and uses swings now. I only wish that we lived closer but certainly don’t mind the long drives as we have seen our son grow immensely over the last 8 months. I appreciate the Saturday appointments! He is now able to participate in Tae Kwon Do which is a boost to his self esteem.” – Sandra Vasquez
“We are so thankful for Mary and the work she has been doing with our son! He has made amazing improvements in just a short time and we expect so much more! For years we were so discouraged because we had not been able to get answers to what was going on with our son. But when Mary came along that all changed dramatically!!! Her knowledge and expertise about Asperger’s and Sensory Integration Disorder has given our entire family the answers we had been looking for all along. We finally feel like we all can help him and, most importantly, our son is so happy to be understood and getting the help he has needed for so long. Our son really enjoys his therapy as well because Mary does such an excellent job at keeping it all fun. She comes HIGHLY recommended from our family! We love her and we are so thankful for all that she has done so far and we look forward to what lies ahead.” -Melinda and Mike Sandberg, Wenatchee
“Ohana is awesome! My son has much improved in the very short amount of time we’ve been with them. Therapists are wonderful!!!!!” – Lori Bennett Dayton, Leavenworth
What a difference in just a month. I love that Mary not only works with my child,she also works with me. She shows me things I can do at home to keep his process moving along. Theres so much more to this then occupational therapy…Hope is back.” Marlene B.
“5 Stars. Great, friendly people. My daughter loved going to there for therapy.” Gabrielle S.
“We have already seen results after just two visits. Ms. Kostka is very professional and likes to have the family well-informed and very involved. Her evaluation of our child was very accurate and thorough. It is evident that she truly has an altruistic calling to help those in need. I am thrilled with her knowledge and expertise!” – Terri T.