A caring, compassionate environment.
Being an Occupational Therapist (OT) is about meeting the needs of the whole child. At OT Skills 4 LIFE, we treat all children with special needs. With over 35 years of experience, we’ve developed fun and innovative programs to help your child improve his or her skills to lead a more independent life.
Ann Winter, OTD, OTR/L
Ann received her clinical doctorate degree from Temple University in 2013. She has worked in the field of occupational therapy since 1999, first as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, and then as an OTR/L after receiving her Master’s of Science degree from Dominican College in 2004.
Ann has worked with children in pre-school settings, elementary school, middle school, and life skills programs in high school. In addition, it has been her honor to teach occupational therapy as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Dominican College.
Ann keeps up to date with new developments within the field of occupational therapy by taking courses on the most current therapeutic methodologies and interventions. She received advanced training in sensory integration and has been certified by Sensory Integration International to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Ann was trained by Don Meyer, the creator of the Sibling Support Project (Sibshops); and has run successful Sibshops for 10 years as per Don Meyer’s original model. The Sibling Support Project is a national program dedicated to the life-long and ever-changing issues of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns.
To ensure child safety, Ann is trained and certified annually in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) strategies.
Debbie Wanderman, MA, OTR/L
Debbie received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She has been a license, practicing Occupational Therapist since 1978. Her undergraduate degree is in Special Education.
Debbie has worked in a variety of settings including school-based services, pre-school, home and center-based care, sensory integration clinic, as well as adult skilled nursing and health related facilities. In addition, she has been affiliated with Touro College as a Fieldwork Supervisor in Pediatrics as well as mentoring various students. Debbie has worked with a diverse population including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorders and Other Health Impairments.
She has provided numerous in-service classes and workshops to SEPTA members, teachers, aides and other interdisciplinary team members and has collaborated with teachers in creating and implementing sensory strategies into the classroom to optimize student performance.
Debbie has attended multiple continuing educational courses and workshops, some which include Infant Development, Handwriting, Sensory Processing, and Aging in Place, to improve her knowledge on how to best assist the children and families she works with. Debbie is a ‘second-generation’ trainee of the Sibling Support Project.