Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT) and Speech Therapy (ST) help children to restore or develop their functional performance in a variety of areas. For children, some of the areas include play, self-help skills, functional mobility, school performance, and social skills. At Way to Grow, LLC, we provide individualized, play-based and child-centered OT, PT and ST services. Our treatment sessions are provided in a clinic setting with a sensory based gym, featuring a wide variety of equipment, toys and activities to motivate, encourage and provide each child with a "just right" challenge to foster maximum skill development. Your child will love to grow and learn with us in our fun, safe and supportive environment!
• Fine and gross motor skills
• Upper body strength and coordination
• Postural stability and balance
• Motor planning
• Visual motor skills
• Visual perception
• Eye-hand coordination
• Activities of Daily living (dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.)
• Attention difficulties
• Sensory processing difficulties (tactile, auditory, visual, vestibular and proprioception)
• Executive function, time management and organization
• Handwriting difficulties
• Feeding issues
• Upper and lower extremity strength
• Range of motion
• Balance and coordination
• Trunk strengthening for postural control and stability
• Gait deviations
• Mobility skills
• Speech Difficulties
• Phonemic Awareness
• Working Memory
• Reading Comprehension
• Written Expression
• Developmental Delays
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Dyspraxia or motor incoordination
• Sensory Processing Disorder
• Cerebral Palsy
• Spina Bifida
• Down's Syndrome
• Erb's Palsy
• Neuromuscular Disorders
• Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
• Idiopathic toe walking and other gait abnormalities
• Hypotonia /hypertonia
• Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
• Childhood Apraxia of Speech
• Articulation Difficulties
• Phonological Disorders
• Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
• Auditory Processing
• And more
Way to Grow, LLC is a therapist owned and operated, Pediatric Therapy clinic serving children and their families in the Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe areas of Metro-Phoenix, AZ. Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy services are currently available from birth to age 16 yrs. Currently we provide out-patient, clinic-based services at 2715 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #3. School services are provided though contract only.
Heather Baumgartner is the founder, owner, and supervising Occupational Therapist at Way to Grow, LLC. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1995, with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Through the years and scope of practice, she has had a wide range of experience in pediatrics through home health, clinic based, hospital, and school settings. Heather specializes in the treatment of pediatric clients (birth to 18 yrs.) with emphasis on SPD (Sensory Processing Disorders) and SI (Sensory Integration), NDT (Neurodevelopmental Theory) and Motor Learning theories. She also has an abundance of experience with childhood development as a SAHM for 10 years while her 4 girls were young and attending elementary school. Heather has also dedicated many hours of study and continuing education to keep up with the latest information on SPD research, Autism and Pediatric information by attending conferences, completing continuing education course work, participating in mentorship programs and independent study. Heather is certified in the “Handwriting Without Tears” program, the “Integrated Listening Program” (iLs) and recently became certified as a provider for the S.O.S feeding program (Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Program) through Dr. Kay Toomey. She also had the honor and privilege to become an Advanced Level 1 Mentored Clinician in SPD through the mentorship/training program at the STAR Center (Sensory Treatment and Research Center) in Denver, Colorado, June 2015. Heather also recently received formal training in the “Bal-A-Vis-X” program, Sept. 2016 and is currently a member of both state (Arizota) and national (AOTA) OT associations.
When she’s not working, Heather enjoys time with her husband (Jimmy), and their family either at the gym or going on vacations where there’s warm water and sandy beaches! She also has 2 boxers dogs, and has a love for decorating, creating jewelry and shopping with her 4 daughters!
Kate Moss joined Way to Grow Pediatric Therapy in December of 2014 as a licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Originally from California, she moved to Arizona in the early 1990’s. Married for 19 years, she and her husband Bill have three active teenage children and two very spoiled dogs. After spending 10+ years as a full time mom and Preschool Teacher, Kate continued her education and completed the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute earning a degree in Associate of Applied Science of Occupational Therapy and went on to pass the National Certification Exam for Occupational Therapy Assistants. Kate recently gained continuing education through the “Handwriting Without Tears” and “Alert” programs. She also recently attended the ArizOTa spring (2018) conference which featured continuing education related to “Building Healthy Brains: Movement Strategies for Optimal Brain Function”. She is also a current member of the state OT association (ArizOTa). Kate believes that children learn by doing. When physical, cognitive or social challenges exist, natural development and opportunities for learning can be hindered. Through purposeful play and activities, independence and confidence will grow allowing the patient to tap into their natural curiosity about the world they live in. It is from these experiences that new learning and growth can occur.
Marianne Sword joined Way to Grow, LLC in December 2014 as a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She received her degree from Brown Mackie College Phoenix in 2012 and completed her fieldwork rotation at a specialized Sensory Integration outpatient clinic where she was hired as a full time COTA/L after graduation. She has had hands on training and mentorship from talented therapists whom she still collaborates with regularly. Marianne has also completed several continuing education courses including Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding with Dr. Kay Toomey, Pediatric Feeding: Big Picture I &II with Jennifer Meyer, Brachial Plexus education, as well as attending several conferences including the SPD Foundation 3S Symposium with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Arizona Spring Conference Linking Play to Function through NDT and SI with Lezlie Adler. She has also completed the CPI (Non-violent Crisis Intervention) training. Her passion lies in working with children with sensory processing difficulties, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays and children with feeding challenges. She has also completed intro and advanced conferences in the Applications of Kinesio Tape and is a practicing Kinesio Taping provider.
Marianne is from the mid-west and has called Arizona home since 2000. When not working, Marianne enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and mountain biking with her family.
Brooke joined Way to Grow Pediatric Therapy in September 2016. She is an Arizona native but attended Colorado State University, graduating in 1999 with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. As an occupational therapist Brooke has enjoyed working in several settings including hospital, home health, public schools, and a charter school. She has attended continuing education courses on topics such as Autism Spectrum disorders and treatment, primitive reflex integration, vision processing and therapy, sensory strategies for the school and home, and executive function skills. She has also attended specific courses for Interactive Metronome, The Alert Program for Self-Regulation, Handwriting Without Tears, and most recently, the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Program by Dr. Kay Toomey. Brooke believes children learn and grow best when they are having fun and actively exploring their environment. She is so glad to be part of the Way to Grow team!
Heather Caska is excited to join the WTG team in summer of 2018! She has over 5 years experience in pediatric speech language pathology and over 2 years experience of working with children with dyslexia. Heather graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2008, and completed her Masters in Clinical Speech Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University in 2011. Heather has always loved working with children. She has experience working with a variety of communication disorders; however, her true passion lies in working with children with dyslexia and their families. She is dedicated to bringing more awareness to the community and increasing early identification of dyslexia.
She is a seated board member of the Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, as well as a member of the American Speech-Hearing and Language Association (ASHA) and the Arizona Speech-Language Hearing Association (ArSHA). Heather is currently completing her Associate Certification in the Orton-Gillingham Approach for children with dyslexia through the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).
Karina joined the Way To Grow team in June 2018 as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. Karina earned a bachelors degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona in 2013. Through her 4+ years experience in pediatric therapy, Karina has gained knowledge and experience treating a wide range of diagnoses and disorders in both school and clinical settings. Karina is currently a member of the Arizona Speech-Language Hearing Assocoation (ArSHA). In her free time, Karina enjoys coffee, ice cream, and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.
Tiffany Morgan joined the Way to Grow Team in August 2018. She received her undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Spanish in 2015. She knew at a young age that helping others would be part of her career path someday. After graduating NAU, she moved to Chile, South America working for a non profit organization mentoring teenagers and also broadening her Spanish. She returned home and got her license as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She has experience working in a clinical setting with children from the ages of 2-18 with a variety of needs, as well as encompassing children with sensory needs. She believes therapy should be fun and something kids can be excited about, making it a goal for every session. She loves working with kids and teens, and giving them an opportunity to grow, learn, and be proud of themselves. She feels very blessed to have found a career that she loves and continues to grow from everyday. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, getting to know other cultures and people. However, most of her time is spent being around friends and family, specifically her 4 nieces and nephews!
Samantha Baker joined Way to Grow Pediatric Therapy in August of 2014 as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Originally from Southern California, she moved to Arizona in 2014 shortly after graduating from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Mercyhurst University of Pennsylvania. Samantha has experience working with patients aged 2-25 in both clinic-based and home-based settings. She has continuing education in Effective Sensory Diets, Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation, and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Samantha has a passion for working with children with sensory processing disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, feeding disorders, and teens transitioning into adulthood. She believes that when a child is given the tools, encouragement, and the right challenges, they can grow into confident, successful, and functionally independent adults. When she is not working, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and crafting.
Elyse recently joined the Way to Grow team in November 2018 as an Occupational Therapist. Elyse earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary, in North Dakota, in 2012. As an OTR, Elyse has experience working within skilled nursing facilities as well as private pediatric clinics in North Dakota. Elyse’s adventurous spirit nudged her on a recent move looking for fun & adventure and brought her to Arizona.
Elyse has attended continuing education courses regarding topics on physical agent modalities training, sensory processing strategies, calming strategies regarding anxiety disorders, and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding program.
When not working, Elyse enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. She also loves spending time with her family and friends.
Stephanie joined the way to grow team in November of 2018. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, she moved to Chandler, Arizona in 1991, at the age of 7, and has made it her home ever since. In 2013, she started her medical billing career journey. A little over 5 years later she still enjoys the behind the scenes work. When she is not at work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her 6 kids (4 girls and 2 boys), 3 dogs, 1 ferret, 1 hedgehog, and husband, the love of her life, who also happened to be her high school sweetheart)!
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Here's what families are saying about Way to Grow
"My kids have grown exponentially with the help of these ladies!!! They are warm, inviting and extremely good at what they do! The office/paperwork side of the business is very responsive and super professional! I would highly recommend Way to Grow!!!-Laura M.
"The staff is warm, loving, knowledgeable and simply amazing. We are so lucky to have WTG in our lives. WTG has been a "game changer" for our son. I am so thankful for all they have done for our son and family.-Megan B.
2715 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #3
Chandler AZ 85286