Stephanie was a young college student studying in Chicago for a year. She sat down with an academic advisor to discuss her career path. As Stephanie described her ‘dream job’ (working with children- but not as a teacher, helping kids and families do the normal things, and supporting those kids that otherwise may slip through the cracks) the advisor suggested Occupational Therapy. She had never heard of OT before, but that was exactly what she was describing! Stephanie signed up for classes at Western Michigan University that following semester to begin the career of her dreams. Stephanie has a strong passion for what she does and gets great joy out of helping families do the ‘normal’ things. Children are amazing and can make such substantial progress with the right support from a good therapist. At Progress in Motion, we strive to find other therapists out there that have that same passion and dedication for working with children and their families.
As pediatric occupational therapists, our job is to teach children skills through fun and engaging activities. We adapt our treatment to each individual child to ensure the most progress. OT’s work hard to present the ‘just right challenge’ to your child so that he/she may learn new skills with ease and while having fun. It has been researched that there are more brain connections made when an individual is doing something that is meaningful (versus simply repeating a simple task).
Occupational therapists at Progress in Motion PLLC also like to collaborate with teachers and other healthcare providers (physical therapists, speech therapists, counselors, etc) to ensure the best care for our clients. We understand the importance of all aspects of a child’s therapeutic needs and strive to support those other areas as best we can.
Progress in Motion, PLLC offers occupational therapy services to children in their natural environment (home, school, etc). We recognize the importance of not only working with the child, but also integrating the family, teachers, etc into the treatment plan to make the most significant progress. We work with children of all ages and with a variety of challenges/diagnoses (Autism, ADHD/ADD, sensory processing disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, fine motor and/or gross motor delays, picky eating, delays in handwriting, behavioral concerns, etc).
If you feel that your child may be delayed and/or have questions about developmental milestones, our therapists are here to help. We offer phone consults, screenings, and standardized assessments to measure a child’s strengths and weaknesses. We also provide individualized treatment plans to optimize your child’s potential.
Krista Larsen - OTR/L
Krista graduated from Creighton University with an Occupational Therapy degree in 1998. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening and has extensive training in several handwriting programs (including Handwriting Without Tears), sensory integration and Autism. Krista holds her occupational therapy license in the state of North Carolina.
Krista has been practicing in pediatrics for approximately 20 years. Most of these years have been spent working within the public school system working with students and their families on a daily basis. Krista is dedicated to helping children develop the skills needed to participate in everyday activities.
Stephanie Symons - MS, OTR/L
Owner & Occupational Therapist
Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008 from Western Michigan University. She completed the extensive Sensory Integration Certification course in 2010 and has also been trained in the Therapressure Program™ and is certified in Therapeutic Listening™. Stephanie holds her occupational therapy license in both North Carolina and South Carolina and is a member of AOTA.
Stephanie is the mother of 3 young children. She started Progress in Motion PLLC in 2015 after practicing in pediatrics for 7 years. She enjoys helping children and their families do 'the normal things'. Stephanie clearly has a passion for what she does and it is seen in her playful and loving approach in her therapy.
Anne K. Laing - MS, OTR/L
Anne graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008 and from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Italian, and International Studies in 2006. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening™ and has received extensive training in Handwriting Without Tears™, sensory integration, yoga therapy, and hippotherapy.
Anne holds her occupational therapy license in North Carolina and South Carolina. Anne has been practicing in pediatrics for 7 years and loves the works she does with her "kiddos." She is invested in the children and families she works with and enjoys watching them grow and succeed. Anne stays busy with her 2 young boys and enjoys practicing yoga, camping, hiking, and traveling.