Aliza Belsky MOT, OTR/L
Aliza Belsky MOT, OTR/L
occupational-therapist

Languages:

English
Excelsior College
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts
Temple University
Master of Occupational Therapy
  • pediatrics, school-based, sensory integration
  • Pediatric occupational therapy
  • Executive Function,Learning Disabilities

I was first introduced to occupational therapy when I volunteered at Camp Simcha, a medically supervised overnight camp for children and teens with chronic medical illnesses or physical disabilities. I was fully responsible for Samara, a teenage girl with severe cerebral palsy. Samara’s disability causes spasticity in her upper extremities and paralysis from the waist down. I saw firsthand how, as an individual suffering from a physical condition, Samara struggles with basic activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living and how her functioning and quality of life is inhibited. The progress Samara made with the occupational therapy that she received was awe-inspiring and confirmed my decision to pursue a career in this field. Some years later, I am now a proud partner in the OT profession, able to help Samara and others like her. College studies, volunteer jobs, and fieldwork experiences, all gave me a strong and comprehensive foundation of technical knowledge, as well as practical experience. Work experiences over the past two years, and continuing presently, reinforced my occupational therapy foundation, and allowed me to develop my skills and grow further in the field. My pediatric work experiences involve a special education daycare, preschools, and elementary school, as well as pediatric outpatient clinics for regular education children. I work with the children on fine motor and graphomotor skills, sensory integration, vestibular and proprioception regulation, and gross motor strengthening. Diagnoses include developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, hearing disabilities, autism, as well as conditions like motor weakness, poor cognitive processing, visual or perceptual problems, and sensory regulation deficits. I also received, and continue to receive, close supervision and support by highly experienced therapists, which, along with being a part of collaborative staff meetings and writing documentation, only pushes me to learn more and grow further in the field. Seeing the progress of the children, and as I continue seeing them improve, teaches me that anyone can succeed when given the proper help. It is my privilege to give such help that can change lives. I believe I have the required skills to be a part of the Therapy Works team. I am hard working and focused, with strong interpersonal skills and creativity. Life experiences taught me to be responsible, reliable, and efficient. Practicing occupational therapy via teletherapy is an opportunity for me to make a real difference while having convenience and flexibility. Giving children the tools and abilities to achieve their maximum functioning potential and increase their quality of life is a passion that I share.

 

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!