A child’s work, their occupation, is to grow, play, and learn how to be in the world. They are constantly looking to their family, community, and environment for clues for how to interact in their daily life. Sometimes, babies are born with conditions or experience trauma early that limit their ability to interact in the world in the most meaningful ways. Learning to move and explore their environments, starting on the first day of life, begins to build a foundation of brain development and their unique understanding of the world. When these first days, weeks, or years of life contain limiting factors, whether physical, emotional, or cognitive in nature, the foundation on which they understand and interpret the world can be skewed. This, in turn, can alter the way they interact with the people and environments causing unnecessary stress to their neurological system, physical body, and social interactions.
Every child and family is unique in their daily routines, cultural expectations, and family structures. Understanding and acknowledging this gives my approach to addressing concerns and challenges a unique perspective.
A Holistic Approach to Occupational Therapy
I believe understanding and working with the various circumstances of a family unit is vital to a child’s success. My goal in each session is to see the circumstances and situations from a holistic view point and offer family centered interventions to address specific needs and concerns. I offer one-on-one consultations, evaluations and treatment plans for children and families, as well as individual ongoing sessions to meet and address family goals and concerns. I focus on nurturing a child’s strengths and building their confidence, encouraging them to reach new heights while simultaneously working on body strength, endurance, and coordination through play activities that utilize their interests to create motivating challenges that set them up for success.
"A child sees the world around them with wonder and awe and a natural desire to play. I work to create safe environments and use purposeful play to capitalize on what motivates your child to build the skills they need to be successful."
~Hannah Durning, OTR
With over 20 years of experience, Hannah has the passion and experience to help your child work through challenges they face learning to navigate school, home, and experiences within their communities.