People We Help Include
who feel like they have tried EVERYTHING and don't know what else they can do to help their child be active and/or improve their eating habits.
who are hesitant about touching or eating foods with different textures and colors.
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 parents who are concerned about their child's eating habits and activity level.
Are you concerned that your child is a picky eater? Or, have you struggled with getting your child to consistently "exercise" on a regular basis?
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 family's lifestyle and disrupting your 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, sometimes with other occupational therapists, but had a hard time carrying over these changes at home.
🙁 Been repeatedly told by health care providers that they need to change their child's food and/or physical activity habits, but were never taught HOW.
🙁 Previously tried to make changes on their own by reading books and taking courses.
🙁 Felt like they "did something wrong" as a parent, but have actually been doing everything they can to help their child.
🙁 Come up with creative ways to help their child, but find that it only works for a week or two.
🙁 Felt that their child was a "picky eater" or inactive since birth, but wanted to wait and see if they would "grow out of it".
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.
Dr. Samantha Goldman helps parents who are concerned about their child's eating habits or physical activity level solve picky eating and get kids moving WITHOUT fighting or tears.
Samantha knows how worrisome it can be for parents who struggle motivating their kid to eat nourishing meals or be active. She understands that it can be stressful for parents to wonder if they are doing the "right thing."
Samantha believes that eating and moving should be FUN. That's why she focuses on finding the right foods and movement activities for YOUR CHILD.
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 extreme picky eating or 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 doctorate degree at Boston University, and her undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Florida. For her doctoral project, Samantha is created 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.