WHERE CHILDREN BLOSSOM AND FAMILIES GROW.
Although Early Choice Pediatric Therapy (ECPT) has been through several incarnations since its initial inception in 2002 this privately owned pediatric therapy clinic has remained faithful to it’s original mission statement: “To provide quality occupational, [physical and speech therapy]; to be an innovative program which supports cutting-edge treatment and evaluation approaches; to provide education and support to families; and to increase awareness of sensory integration and neuromotor issues that affect the pediatric population.”
MEET YOUR THERAPIST
I have been working with children and their families for most of my adult life, and prior to that I raised two daughters. Before becoming an Occupational Therapist, I worked as a Montessori Guide in the Children’s House with the 2 ½ - 5-year age range. I received my degree in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University and have practiced in the field of Pediatrics for nearly 30 years in a variety of settings including Early Intervention, in-patient and out-patient hospital and private practice.
Sensory Integration and Sensory Integration Therapy are two subjects that ignite my passion. As I began to learn about these when I was still in school, I knew that this is where I would practice. As a SIPT certified therapist I have assisted hundreds of families with their journeys through the consistently inconsistent nature of Sensory Integration Disorder. Nothing is more gratifying than seeing a child become organized, confident and proud of themselves, while the family surrounding that child organizes into a strong, flexible, cohesive unit.
In conjunction with Sensory Integration Therapy I offer the home-based auditory training program referred to as “The Therapeutic Listening Program”, in which I am also certified. This program is instrumental in treating a myriad of auditory-based outcomes not the least of which are sound sensitivity and inadequate auditory zoom. Please look at “Therapeutic Listening” under Services for more information regarding this program.
Bodywork techniques are frequently helpful in treating a variety of both movement-based and attentional difficulties. Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial release are two modalities that I employ in my practice. I am also certified in Infant Massage, a sweet and special way to facilitate mother-infant bonding, especially with cranky, colicky infants and those that prefer not to be held and cuddled.
My current continuing education projects include the fields of Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, Anxiety in Children, and Reflex Integration. I also have a special interest in Energy and Reiki healing modalities and am a Reiki Master.
When I’m not working with children, I’m frequently hiking. I am a member of Clark County Search and Rescue Team, Search Dogs Northwest, (www.searchdogsnw.org) and I sing with Rock Voices Portland. We’ve grown to 100 members this summer! (www.rockvoices.com) I also self-published the title Journey From Ego, The Path to Healing. (Balboa Press: 2014).
I can’t wait to meet you and your family. Give me a call! We’ll chat!
Elizabeth Lehl, OTL