A Hop, Skip, and A Jump Ahead

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

Background Information

Nan Arkwright, MOT, OTR/L, 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.

In individual sessions, Nan provides strong support to families, emphasizing cooperation without yelling, bribes, punishment or threats and connection using carefully chosen language, strategic planning, effective self-regulation tools, and confident use of the listening and problem-solving approach. Complementing this support, she provides social skills classes where children can practice expected behaviors, with connection and cooperation embedded into the sessions.

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


Sensory motor

Parenting skills




Social interactions

Gross motor

Fine motor

Visual motor


Social cues

Non-verbal cues


Moraga, CA

San Ramon, CA

Danville, CA

East Bay, CA

Bay Area, CA

Concord, CA

Pleasant Hill, CA