Shannon Rolph is a Registered Occupational Therapist who specializes in pediatrics. She works as both a teacher and cheerleader, walking alongside children and families as they increase their competence and confidence in their child’s most valued activities. Shannon graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2007, and from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2010. She has honed her skills in communication, coaching, assessment and treatment through various roles in primary care, home care and acute care prior to settling into her passion as an ally for children and families in private practice. Shannon is constantly learning and has focused her professional development on self-regulation, managing anxiety, and picky eating. In addition to these, she is skilled at addressing difficulties with fine motor skills, self-care activities and helping children to understand and navigate the social world. How does Shannon make change happen? She starts by investigating to get to the root cause of the challenge. She believes that all children do well if they can and has found that when kids are having difficulty, there is almost always a lagging skill or unsolved problem at its root. Shannon uses evidence-based therapeutic strategies to build up that lagging skill and to collaboratively solve problems. She focuses on the importance of connection and strives to build a stronger relationship between you and your child over the course of therapy. Shannon is passionate about sharing information that helps children and families thrive. She continues to do this through speaking events, hosting workshops, and sharing helpful information through platforms like Instagram (@shannon.rolph.ot). She also gets lots of opportunity to practice what she preaches in the clinic with her 3 young children at home! Shannon is always honoured to have the chance to work with families and would be thrilled to connect with you to further discuss how Occupational Therapy can be helpful to your family.
Shannon Rolph, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Occupational Therapist, Currently not accepting new clients
People experience life to the fullest through the things they enjoy doing everyday – at work, in school, in their homes, or out in their communities. Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession that helps you or your family member develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities when these abilities are reduced or lost. Shannon uses evidence-based OT practice to help children and their families address difficulties around sensory integration, picky eating, fine motor/printing skills, self-regulation and activities of daily living (dressing, toileting, play!)
What to expect in treatment
- OT sessions will look different depending on the goals that we are working toward together, but they will always have one thing in common: PLAY!
- Children are built to naturally do their best learning through play, so therapy sessions will always be structured to be fun and engaging by using movement activities, games and engaging stories.
- Sessions are typically 50 minutes long and will generally involve the OT & child interacting throughout.
- Parents are always invited to be part of our time together where they will learn strategies to help their child at home and school.
- As each child is different, sessions can be tailored to be shorter as required.
FAQ:Tell me more about the assessment process
The initial assessment process consists of 4 parts:
- A caregiver interview – this 50-minute virtual session is an essential part of the assessment process where I will take the time to learn more about your child, your family, and why you are seeking OT support. I will guide the session to gather important information on your child’s strengths and challenges. Using this information, I will then be able to select the most appropriate assessment tools and strategies for the next step of our assessment.
- Child evaluation – this 50-minute in-person session is a time for me to spend observing and learning about your child. This session will be focused on building comfort and rapport with your child, as well as using a combination of standardized or informal assessments. The specific skills that are assessed will be different for each child, and dependent on your family’s goals for OT. In many cases, an initial OT assessment won’t look like an ‘assessment’ at all, but rather like play. I will strategically choose games and activities that help me to assess specific skills in a way that is fun and engaging for your child
- Written report – a brief 30-minute written report of your child’s assessment results will be produced and sent to you prior to our assessment review. This is a helpful document to share with other members of your child’s support team (teachers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals).
- Assessment review – this 30-minute virtual session is a chance for us to review the results of your child’s assessment, answer any questions that you have, and discuss treatment recommendations and options to support your child.
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