About Sharon Y. Mandeville, OTR/L, IMC
I have been practicing Occupational Therapy for over 17 years and Pediatrics has become my passion. I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993 with my BS in Occupational Therapy. I have worked in every pediatric area available including: school-systems, infant-toddler, in and outpatient therapy, and private practice. Huntsville has been my home for over 25 years and I can't imagine living anywhere else. I am married with 2 children of my own who fascinate me everyday with their innocence and sense of wonder.
What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?
Pediatric Occupational Therapy is the use of therapeutic play to address areas of delayed development. These areas include fine-motor skills (i.e. buttoning, holding a pencil properly), gross-motor skills (i.e. kicking a ball, hopping on one leg), age appropriate self-care skills (i.e. getting dressed, tying shoes), core/trunk strength, visual perceptual and motor skills (i.e. copying from the chalk board, putting together a puzzle), sensory integration (i.e. the ability to organize the information we receive from our senses in a functional way), and general coordination.
-Indicators that your child may need Occupational Therapy-
Infants: weak or stiff muscles, avoids using one or both arms, has trouble grasping toys, unable to follow an object with eyes, resists cuddling, or appears stressed with movement.
Preschooler/Toddler: difficulty with self-help skills, holds crayon or scissors awkwardly, does not like messy activities, shows anxiety with movement, uses repetitive play rather than creative play, or would rather play alone than with peers.
School-Age: seems clumsy, has poor balance, resists being touched (i.e. does not like bathing or hair brushed), shows poor attention, holds pencil too tight or too loose, having issues with handwriting, or still lacks hand preference after the age of 6.
How do I get my child started?
-In order to use your insurance, you will need a referral for Occupational Therapy services from your child's medical doctor.
-Once this is obtained, call and make an appointment with me for an initial evaluation.
-After the evaluation is scored, we will determine what your child's needs are and go from there.
**Most insurance plans are accepted, however, please verify that your insurance plan covers Occupational Therapy services.**