Jamie Cruz OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist for sensational kids!

About Jamie

Jamie is a licensed pediatric Occupational Therapist based in Santa Clarita California. She holds a bachelors degree of science and masters degree of Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. Jamie is SI (sensory integration) certified by the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services. She is also trained in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding by the Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder. She has worked in pediatric mental health care, school based settings, early intervention, and private clincal practices. She has experience working with a wide variety of  children including those on the Autism spectrum, those with sensory processing dysfunction, ADHD, Down Syndrome, anxiety, depression and orthopedic impairments. 

Jamie's passion is helping children in their greatest occupation-play. She believes that through successful play experiences, children grow into capable and confident individuals ready to face any challenge that comes their way. Jamie incorporates Ayres Sensory Integration approaches into her therapy sessions and uses a holistic family centered approach when working with children. She prides herself in using evidence based research to drive her evaluations and treatment plans. Each therapy session is fun, creative and child led.

Jamie specializes in addresssing the following challenges:

  • Gross and fine motor delays
  • Sensory defensiveness
  • General sensory processing including self-regulation
  • Difficulties with self-care skills (dressing, grooming, bathing, self-feeding)
  • Dyspraxia-affecting sequencing, multitasking, problem solving, play
  • Handwriting
  • Challenges with play and social skills
  • Picky or selective eating

Jamie currently offers:

  • Private in-home Occupational Therapy services
  • Private Occupational Therapy screenings and consultation with parents.
  • Parent/teacher group education classes on various topics including:  "Sensory Play Based Learning", "Implementation of Handwriting Without Tears", "Sensory Techniques for Home and School", and "Understanding Praxis".

Let's Play and Learn Together!!

Learning with light The beach offers so many ways to play and learn with our senses beans, rice and treasure ketchup bottle turned visual and auditory exploration for baby a great muddy puddle makes memories the bathtub is a great place for messy play! Shaving cream and paint cleans right up! ripping paper makes pretty art and builds tiny muscles paint...enough said! making snowmen is a fun experience baby cuddles get your whole body involved colorful balls make everyone smile lets swim and learn a pool full of pasta....why not DIY ball pit :) quiet focus just hanging around a race to the finish working on our fine motor skills through science oral motor play with bubbles and straws beautiful rice for scooping and mixing a perfect rainy day play getting in touch with nature and real garden tools vestibular fun!! Upside down bars!