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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Villa Esperanza Services offers both School Based and Clinic Based Occupational Therapy (OT) services including: assessments, classroom and clinic-based treatment and consultations for children between the ages of 4-22. For ages 0-3, we now offer clinic-based Early Intervention services that are funded through the Lanterman and East Los Angeles Regional Centers. We also accept outside referrals for private pay clients and accept Kaiser Insurance.

Occupational therapists have a broad educational background including strong neurological, biomechanical, and psychological foundations. All of occupational therapists are also certified in DIR-Floortime Therapy. OT provides assistance in developing sensory motor, fine motor and gross motor, visual motor and sensory processing skills needed to be successful at home, school, and in the community.

The Occupational Therapy Clinic at Villa specializes in working with children who have moderate to severe developmental disabilities, including autism, as well as children with dual diagnoses, behavioral challenges, and mental health concerns.

OT plays a significant role in helping children with Autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities to experience success in school settings. We target fine motor skills to improve writing, in-hand manipulation, bilateral motor coordination and self-care. We address sensory processing skills to improve motor planning, self-regulation, sensory modulation and sensory discrimination. We also work to improve deficits in visual motor, oral motor, and social skills, as well as support normal growth and development. In OT sessions we use fun and purposeful activities to help children access their role of “student” in the “occupations” of play and learning.

Villa Occupational Therapy General Information


  • Specialized Programs/Therapeutic Strategies:

  • DIR-Floortime Therapy
  • Sensory Integration Based Therapy
  • Modification and Adaptation Strategies
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Transition Preparation
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Zones Program for Emotional Regulation
  • Sensory Diets with Recommendations for Home Use
  • School-wide initiatives include:
    Interdisciplinary collaboration with behaviorists, speech and language pathologists, and classroom teachers

    Modified classroom environments to support students with sensory differences

    Integrated school-wide Handwriting Without Tears curriculum

    Medication-tracking and education for staff
  • Funding:

  • Villa Esperanza Services is a non-public school (NPS) with contracted services with school districts.
  • For Early Intervention clients, Villa is vendored through the Lanterman and East Los Angeles Regional Center.
  • We accept Kaiser Insurance.
  • Private-pay options are also available.
  • We rely on grants and generous donations both large and small to support our diverse range of programs. Click here to see a list of items we currently need for our clinic, or contact us for further information on how you can support the work of the OT clinic.

Villa's Occupational Therapy Team

Amy Jensen, MA, OTR/L

Director of Occupational Therapy

Rebekka Manzella, MS, OTR/L

Laurie McEnery, MA, COTA/L

Rodney Harris, COTA/L

Contact Us

 Villa Esperanza Services / 2116 E. Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 91107

Tel: (626) 449-2919 / Fax: (626) 449-2850

 info@VillaEsperanzaServices.org

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