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PFOT, while still a small company, continues to grow and work hard to meet your needs. It was conceived and established in 1989 by us, Michelle Tobias and Ilene Goldkopf, and yes we are Occupational Therapists. Lisa Walker, MS OTR, who has had various roles at PFOT since 1993, officially became COO in 2020. Our initial goal was, and still is, to assist Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and others, concerned with the development of children, find the unique materials needed to provide effective, appropriate, motivating and fun, pediatric therapy and learning. That's why the website is arranged into sections pertinent to development. This makes classroom, home programs and gift giving recommendations easier for you.
As therapists, we have over 40 years of combined experience in pediatrics & developmental disabilities. We have been Board Certified Pediatric OT's and are certified to administer the SIPT. We coauthored of the book "OT GOALS (Goals & Objectives Associated with Learning)" published by Therapy Skillbuilders, Inc. We also are contributing authors to the book "Hand Function in the child: Foundations for Re-mediation" published by Mosby, Inc. and continually have projects underway. If you have any therapy-related questions, we'll try to help answer them or lead you to a resource for the info.
We are happy to help select or recommend items that will be appropriate for your child. We strongly believe that children do not need every toy, only the "Just Right" ones that will meet their needs. Hope this helps in understanding us and our little company a bit better - but please keep writing and calling, we enjoy hearing from you!
Ilene and Michelle