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Licensed Occupational Therapist, Speaker, Author of  Award-Winning

Children’s Mental Health Books


A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Ahead is a pediatric occupational therapy clinic committed to helping children participate in everyday activities.

How Occupational Therapy

Can Help Your Child:

OT can support your child in boosting skills that lag behind same-age peers:


  • Social-Emotional Skills (thinking of others, solving problems, managing big feelings)

  • Sensory-Motor Skills (writing legibly, using seating options that support focus, building  skills for sports/PE)


  • Self-Care Skills (completing daily routines, tying shoes, sleeping through the night)

  • Play Skills (sharing an imagination, waiting for a turn, communicating with others)

  • School Skills (focusing on work, waiting in line, handling transitions)

  • Home Skills (listening to adults, accepting “no”, doing what is expected)

How Occupational Therapy Can Help You:

OT can also support you in building skills

that equip you in:

  • Parenting Skills (modeling calm responses, showing empathy, using tools that work)

  • Scaffolding Skills (modifying the environment, adapting tasks, making accommodations)

  • Teaching Skills (building resilience, practicing lagging skills, reinforcing strengths and growth mindset

What A Hop, Skip and a Jump Ahead Offers:

  • Screenings 

  • Evaluations 

  • School Observations/Consultations 

  • In-Home Observations/Consultations

  • Classroom visits - virtual and in-person 

  • Author Visits


Individual sessions focus on:

  • building parenting skills of self-talk, empathy, emotional generosity, and teaching

  • building children's readiness skills for home and school success


Group sessions focus on:

  • social-emotional learning in a natural environment with peers.

"With Nan’s guidance there’s no more yelling at our house!" 


"She is a true professional with an immense amount of knowledge and experience."

To see more of what people are saying, click here!

"Her therapy and endless advice has changed our lives, and my relationship with my son."

Nan Arkwright

About Me

Nan Arkwright has a pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Walnut Creek, CA. She has written a book on sensory processing, co-authored a computer program on school skills and, with Illustrator Joe Bauman, has written her first children’s book, Mission: CONTROL! A Big Feelings Adventure!, which is now available on Amazon. In addition to offering social skills classes in a natural play environment, she provides individual therapy with a solution-focused emphasis.

Nan is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who has practiced for more than 20 years in a variety of settings, including schools. In her private practice, she works with children from ages 2 through middle school with a variety of diagnoses.

She is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, and WCCW (West Coast Christian Writers) and Flourish Writers.

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