Stephanie Foster

I am honored to be your guide on this journey to help your child. After 30-plus years of practicing as an occupational therapist (OT) both in private and school-based settings, my passion is assisting families in understanding their child’s sensory needs. I work with families to help figure out why kids are unable to self-regulate and how to manage meltdowns and other disruptive behaviors. I firmly believe in occupational therapy’s non-pharmacological approach to assisting children in thriving in their true occupations of living, learning, and playing.

Stephanie Foster
Yoga terms for moms

10 Common Yoga Terms to Know Before Your First Class

Trying something new can be intimidating, especially yoga. With yoga’s rise in popularity, most studios are packed to the gills. You could end up elbow-to-elbow with a total stranger, fighting for every inch of space. Isn’t yoga supposed to be relaxing? Thankfully, most yoga studios are very welcoming, and some even offer small classes tailored …

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Stephanie Foster wins OTAC Occupational Therapy Award

Dr. Stephanie Foster Wins State Occupational Therapy Award

January 5, 2020  CENTRAL COAST OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST WINS STATE AWARD, PROVIDES RESOURCES TO PARENTS   Santa Maria, CA -Dr. Stephanie Foster, Ph.D., of Santa Maria, CA was recently awarded the Occupational Therapy Practice Award by the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). Foster has been a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) for 30 years.  She spent 25 of …

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How Pratyahara Helps with Sensory Filtering and Sensory Integration

Hi, my name is Stephanie Foster, and I have the privilege to work as an occupational therapist in Santa Maria, CA.  I specialize in working with children with self-regulation difficulties, and find my passion in helping people to live their lives to the fullest, to enjoy their activities and their life roles, especially without medication …

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Interactive Metronome for YOU!

Interactive Metronome® (IM) is an evidence-based assessment and training tool that measures & improves the synchronization of neural impulses within key brain networks for cognitive, communicative, sensory & motor performance. In other words, IM improves motor coordination and timing through repetitive movements to a metronome by aligning neurons in the brain. Motor coordination and timing …

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Teenagers Need More Sleep

Teenagers need sleep. According to a recent study through the Sleep Number research, teens need up to 10 hours of sleep per night. Take a look at this article and let me know what you think: https://blog.sleepnumber.com/6-surprising-ways-teens-are-affected-by-lack-of-sleep/ The study found that 3/4 high schoolers are not getting the recommended amount of sleep which leads to …

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8 Myths About Sensory Processing Disorder

Here’s an excellent article from Understood.org on the 8 myths of Sensory Processing disorders. We know from research, that Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) do exist. Children respond to the world through their 8 senses. This author, Amanda Morin, does a good job explaining the background senses (proprioception & vestibular senses) and the newer sense of interoception. She …

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Pet Therapy

Introducing Napoleon: Kid’s Work Newest Staff Member   Kid’s Work is pleased to announce that Napoleon has been awarded the “Therapy Dog” Certificate from American Therapy Dog “ATD”. Kid’s Work is a family owned and operated business. Recently the family dog has joined the staff. Currently, Napoleon is available to meet with children and families …

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