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Pittsburgh's Premiere DIR®/FCD™ DIRFloortime® Practice

Embrace the Child, Ltd. is a DIR® comprehensive, family-centered, individualized pediatric occupational therapy private practice. It is conveniently located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Embrace the Child, Ltd provides a comprehensive array of options for your child and family across home, school, clinic and community. Primary ETC therapy sessions are home-based or clinic-based. Each is available as either primary or supplement a treatment to the individual needs of the child and family availability. Family actively participates in each session regardless of location. Please call for an evaluation, or call or email for more information or questions.

During COVID-19, for the safety and well-being of all ETC families, ETC is temporarily moving to all “virtual visits” and a tele-health platform. ETC is an innovative leader in parent coaching and family training which allows for seamless transitions to virtual visits.
Please contact Stacy at 412.212.1139 for more options, resources, and information for current and new ETC families.

I am here for YOUR CHILD and YOUR FAMILY!

2019 AOTA Emerging and Innovative Practice Award: “Defining Excellence and Leadership in Family-Centered Practice.”

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Experience the Connection, Dedication and Continuity

Making the Connection®

Experience the Connection, Dedication and Continuity

Embrace the Child® makes the connection within your child locally, regionally and nationally.

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Embrace the Child® makes the connection by providing dedication and attention.

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Embrace the Child® makes the connection by giving Continuity.

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Families Learn. Families pick up where we
leave off and take it into family life™

Experience the Connection, Dedication and Continuity

We use the DIR®/FCD™ DIRFloortime® Model

  • Families recognize their child’s unique needs and build upon strengths.
  • Families experience joyful ways to interact with their child through play.
  • Families create opportunities to grow relationships with their child.
  • Families join their child's exploration and discovery in play reaching new levels of development.

We use the Family-Centered Therapy Model™

  • Families are fully included in therapy sessions and they take what is learned into everyday family life and activities.
  • Stacy’s devotion, gentle guidance, and consistent focus grow the parent/child relationship through understanding.
  • Families enfold their child as a valued family member, even amidst challenges and watch their child blossom.
  • Ultimately, families incorporate what they have learned as they develop solutions and advocate for their child and family.

We understand Sensory Integration.

  • Families learn the 8 senses (vision, taste, touch, hearing, movement, body, smell, interoception) and how their child’s sensory processing impacts daily life activities.
  • Families support their child through tailoring their interactions to the child’s sensory profile and learn to recognize how sensory input and emotion are linked and built into meaningful relationships.
  • Sensory supports are used only in the context of activity and have purpose and meaning to the child and parent.
  • Sensory Integration activities are included in all sessions by a trained expert, following the child’s intentions and guiding the parent as a participant.

Testimonials

What ETC Families and Children have to say

Kaitlin K., Pre-School Teacher, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Stacy is amazing at what she does! She took the time to explain how OT was helping my student, and explained the DIR®/Floortime™ model, which I could see was a huge benefit. I used the tools that Stacy taught me to help support this child in my classroom.”

RK, ETC Mom, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Stacy has helped our child immeasurably.  She took the time to thoroughly observe our child in a family setting.  She provides a holistic view and as a consultant and developed an appropriate, fun and easy program to help us along the way.”

Rebecca P, ETC Mom & SLP, Venetia, Pittsburgh,

PA

“I could not have connected with my son without your great coaching. I don’t know if you realize how great you are at what you do. You truly care about [my son] and it shows. I thank GOD that I found you.”

Amanda R., ETC Mom, Connecticut

“I have witnessed my child exceed his own expectations and develop new self-esteem and potential in a few short months! It was priceless to share that with him. I will forever be grateful for Stacy’s in depth understanding of our individual child!”

ETC Mom, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Stacy is one of a kind…a miracle worker in my book.”

Cathy L, OT, Pittsburgh,

PA

“I admire you for practicing occupational therapy the way that it should be done.

Jason Hylton, Haley’s Dad, Haley’s Joy, LLC

“I appreciate you and your efforts to help children with special needs. It is a true privilege to work with you, one of the therapists on the front lines of helping these kids. Thank you for that opportunity.”

KK, OT, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Stacy has been a wonderful mentor! I have observed Stacy’s work and her methods are highly beneficial to the families and children. She provides a loving environment to every child and approaches OT as a fun, family activity.”

ETC Dad, Pittsburgh,

PA

“We found your presentation at group to be really good.  Bringing all of your knowledge into practical, easy-to-understand discussion was very cool.  I think the other parents shared our sentiment.”

ETC Caregiver, Pittsburgh,

PA

“My kids are so happy, they don’t want to leave.”

Dr. DeLana Honaker, OT, Amarillo

TX

“Stacy’s therapeutic experience and training are extensive. Her intelligence and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated and much respected. Embrace the Child, Ltd. is truly a family-centered practice and ideal for you and your child.”

ETC Dad, Pittsburgh,

PA

“I know that your business is named Embrace the Child, but I’ve always thought that you’ve done an exceptional job embracing the entire family!”

ETC Mom, Pittsburgh,

PA

“I do not have words to describe how grateful I am for your help and kindness. You are a true blessing to the children that you serve.”

Gregg Z., ETC Dad, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Stacy works with us as a trusted member of our family. Her competencies are excellent, and she has been immensely helpful.  We absolutely love her!”

AM, ETC Mom, United Kingdom,

UK

“Stacy is very hands on and so gentle, yet effective with kids. She has a wonderful way of training the parents too…never too intrusive and always very helpful.”

MEC, ETC Mom, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Stacy is the hardest working person I’ve met since we began this journey.”

AK, ETC Mom, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Amazingly intuitive and easy to work with OT. First time I’ve actually been able to “play” with my child, and read his cues. Most enjoyable experiences of my life.”

ETC Caregiver, Pittsburgh,

PA

“Stacy’s sincerity, warmth, genuine interest, and advocacy simply can’t be matched.”