Academic Coaching (Tutoring with a neurodevelopmental approach) (offered remotely)

…To support difficulties with reading, math, organization and attention.


Over the years we have realized that many of our clients and other children in the community need after-school learning support that is in addition to or instead of formal Occupational Therapy.  Therefore, we have developed a small team of academic coaches that work with students of all ages.  Our coaches are not just ‘tutors’, they are trained to support and/or supplement our therapy efforts with a focus on applying sensory strategies during learning, as well as executive function skills. Our coaches and occupational therapists collaborate with the student to develop a team approach to learning.


We train our academic coaches to understand children with learning differences. Our coaches know that every child learns differently and every environment affects learning differently. We educate our coaches about sensory processing, executive functioning skills and behavior.  Our coaches work with students one-on-one at our learning center or at the students’ home.  Our coaches also support in-home Cellfield and Tomatis® interventions, as needed.

Our academic coaches
can assist ALL AGES with:
  • Math

  • Reading 

  • Orton Gillingham

  • Writing/Language Arts

  • Handwriting Without Tears

  • Test-Prep

  • Study Skills

  • Science

  • Foreign Languages

     (as applicable)

  • Life skills

  • Self-organization

  • Early pre-academic skills


Our academic coaches communicate with our therapy team after every session regarding the student’s performance and needs.  Our Clinical Director follows all our academic coach/student pairs closely, including regular home visits and planning meetings.  We encourage our students to assist us in developing their own learning goals and means of motivating themselves.  


Additionally, our coaches observe O.T. sessions so they can better understand the student’s neurodevelopmental status and learning needs. They support the students in incorporating the recommended learning tools and strategies that have been acquired through therapy.


Our academic coaches are high achieving college or post-grad students with proven skills and experience, as well as ambition to pursue careers related to occupational therapy and education. 

*On top of being offered remotely, we offer support during the summer and homeschooling to prevent/address regressions that occur during this time (individualized programs with OT support)

Founder and Clinical Director:

Padra Smith, MS, OTR/L, SIPT

100 Reade Street

New York, NY 10013


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Mighty Minds and Muscles is a boutique therapy and coaching organization.

Our approach is thorough and progressive;

we are not just a pediatric occupational therapy clinic but a family learning center. 

We offer unique internationally-developed programs that help anyone with

developmental delays, learning difficulties and those who just feel disorganized or stressed. Our team is a small group of highly trained and educated co-therapists who continually strive to learn and develop holistic programs.

Whole child! Whole family!