A Hop, Skip, and A Jump Ahead

walnut creek, ca

out-of-sync child

occupational therapy

sensory processing disorder

sensory integration



developmental delays


visual motor

sensory defensiveness

tactile defensiveness


Therapeutic Listening



If your child or a child you know appears delayed in the areas of self-care, play, learning and attention, emotional development or social skills, occupational therapy may be helpful. Building skills, modifying the environment, adapting tasks, making accommodations, and supporting parents are some of the ways a therapist can help a child become more independent in activities of daily living, more capable in regulating responses, more confident in doing school work, and more aware of his or her behaviors when interacting with peers.

Checklists designed to help adults determine whether a child might benefit from an occupational therapy screening or evaluation can be downloaded here.

Occupational Therapy

can help a child when maladaptive behaviors / developmental delays limit his or her ability to function as well as same-age peers at home, at school, or in the community.

About Occupational Therapy

    How Can Occupational Therapy Help Children?

A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Ahead is a pediatric occupational therapy clinic committed to helping children grow and develop skills for daily living.

Sensorimotor, social, and self-regulation skills are emphasized.

                                        OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES


School Observations / Consultations/IEPs


Family Consultation

Parent Informational Events

Teacher In-Services

Healthcare Professionals’ Educational Events       

In-Home Consultation


Readiness Skills

Social Skills

Summer Intensives

Handwriting High Five CD  

Direct Treatment


Nan Arkwright, MOT, OTR/L is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who has practiced for 18 years in a variety of settings, including schools. In her private practice, she works with children from ages 2 through high school with a variety of diagnoses. She volunteers  at San Ramon Valley Christian Academy as the school occupational therapist. She coaches adults with ADD.
She is the author of An Introduction to Sensory Integration and is co-author of ready-to-go programs for handwriting success. She is trained in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and is a member of AOTA, OTAC and APT.

Sensory diet

Sensory integration

Sensory processing disorder

Occupational therapist

Walnut  Creek


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