People We Help Include
who want to spend more time connecting with their children and teens, and less time fighting about what to eat or
how much to exercise.
who just want to have fun and do the things they love, without worrying about what's “healthy” or not.
Middle and High School Students
who want to find fun, positive ways to cope with life stressors instead of turning to food and exercise.
who just want to look in the mirror and love what they see, so they can hang-out with their friends without feeling self-conscious.
who love spending their time playing video games or on social media, but who's parent want them to get more active and improve their balance, coordination and strength.
About OT 4 ME
At OT 4 ME we love helping children and teens who want to reconnect with their body.
Is your child held back from doing the activities they love? Have you been encouraged to change your child's relationship with food and physical activity?
If yes, then you’ve come to the right place!
When food and physical activity impact your child’s life, it’s tempting to think “they’ll grow out of it” or even pretend like there is nothing wrong…
Unfortunately, oftentimes the problem festers, slowly getting worse, impacting your child’s lifestyle and disrupting their happiness.
Occupational therapy not only helps your child create SUSTAINABLE lifestyle changes, but makes them SIMPLE and FUN, so that your child can focus on enjoying life.
We know you’re skeptical. Likely you’ve been to other healthcare practitioners in the past and nothing they’ve done has helped you or your problems.
If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. Most of our clients at OT 4 ME have often:
🙁 Tried treatment elsewhere, like summer camps and treatment facilities, but had a hard time sustaining these changes when they came home.
🙁 Been repeatedly told by health care providers that they need to change their food and physical activity habits, but were never taught HOW.
🙁 Tried to make lifestyle changes on their own in the past but failed.
🙁 Worked to improve their confidence, but felt bullied, left out, or body-shamed.
🙁 Attempted different ways to cope with their stress, only to feel like nothing helped.
🙁 Tried to ignore what was going on, but was held back from being able to fully engage with their friends or family.
About Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational therapy (OT) helps people all across the lifespan participate in their daily life through the use of occupations. Occupations are the daily activities that make up our life. For children, occupations include education, sleep/rest, leisure, social participation, activities of daily living (eating, dressing, etc), and work. Occupational therapists evaluate each child by looking at their roles, routines, and habits, to decrease the barriers in their life to participation. Occupational therapists work with children and their families to provide meaningful interventions to promote success in their home, school, and community environments.
Samantha Goldman helps children and teens improve their relationship with their bodies, physical activity, and food through occupational therapy.
Samantha knows how frustrating it can be to feel uncomfortable in your body and feel isolated from your friends or family. She understands how stressful it can be for parents when their child is struggling with confidence, eating nourishing foods, and unhealthy exercise routines.
Samantha believes that a big part of self-care is connecting to your body and determining which foods and movement activities are right for YOU.
Some of the clients she helps are those who are in bigger bodies, and trying to learn new health behaviors, such as eating vegetables and introducing movement. Additionally, she helps children and teens with eating disorders who want to find positive relationships with food and exercise.
Samantha uses an evidence-based, three step approach to help your child get back to doing the activities they love with the people they love. Her specialty is making “healthy” (whatever that means to you) fun!
Using telehealth (online video therapy), Samantha helps families across all of Florida. As an occupational therapist, she creates a plan that is FUN and customized for each child to fit their lives.
Samantha has extensive experience working with children in a variety of settings, including Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing her Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Boston University. For her doctoral project, Samantha is creating an occupational therapy program to assist therapists in treating children who have been diagnosed with obesity.
Do any of those sound like your child?
If you relate, then we would love to help you by setting up a time for you to talk to one of our occupational therapists here in South Florida to find out what can be done to help you. If you’ve tried a lot of things already, that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s actually a good thing because we now know what DOESN’T work and are closer to finding out what WILL work for your problem.