I have written previously about the importance of collaboration and a multi-disciplinary team. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the Gowanus Treehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn, where integrative treatment is key.
Cathy Reid, an occupational therapist who specializes in pediatrics, started Gowanus Treehouse. She currently serves as the director of services and employs 6 other skilled occupational therapists. In addition, there is a physical therapist on site who specializes in infant and toddler development.
The place itself is welcoming and bright, and the waiting room has warm lighting. It then opens to a playspace that offers ziplining, a rock wall, ladders, and a treehouse, as the name would imply. These guided activities address motor planning, coordination, endurance, and social skills.
I immediately fell in love with this program and the staff, and I also knew that their philosophy of using a team-based approach to treat children matched perfectly with my own. So, as of September, I will be offering Yoga for the Special Child and feeding evaluations in conjunction with Gowanus Treehouse. I hope to see you there!
Gowanus Treehouse is located at 540 President Street, Suite 1E, Brooklyn, NY 11215, or visit them at www.gowanustreehouse.com.