FAQs

General Questions

GET STARTED - What do I do to get in?


  1. Call or email us for a phone appointment to review your case.

  2. Complete our Client Intake Form (here or ask for hard copy via email…including the Developmental and Medical history forms.)
  3. Schedule an evaluation
  4. Both parents attend the Post-evaluation feedback meeting
  5. Obtain a prescription for “Occupational Therapy” from your local doctor
  6. Start your intervention of choice




Why use Mighty Minds and Muscles?


We are a small boutique clinic that is very personal. We get to know your family and your child’s environment. We focus on quality, not quantity so that we can make a real difference. Our therapists are highly educated, vastly experienced, intriguingly curious and resourceful life-long learners.




How do I know if my child needs OT?


Although nearly everyone could benefit from some sort of O.T. intervention, we believe in helping those who really need our expertise. No one is perfect; there is a spectrum of skill performance in all areas of life. Someone is always better at and worst at nearly every skill we perform. When someone is showing functional difficulties with a skill or is performing at developmental skills much behind his or her peers, it is important to consider O.T. support. If a family or child is physically struggling, overly emotional or feeling stressed, it is important to get some support. If your family doesn’t need our support, we will tell you. The earlier the intervention takes place in the phases of development or upon signs of a disorder, the better we help you.

See our Skills Checklist page for details.




FREQUENCY - How often do we need to come for O.T.?


Our philosophy at M.M.M. is based on the theories of neurodevelopment and exercise physiology. Though not demanded, we highly recommend 2x/week minimum for traditional O.T. sessions in order to provide the brain and the muscles with the stimulations needed to produce real and efficient change. Theories of brain plasticity and muscular strengthening have demonstrated that frequency and intensity are essential for change.

Intensive programs such as Tomatis® Method and Cellfield Intervention are daily during the early phases. Please see details on the respective pages or contact us for more information.

Contact us to discuss your case and your options, as we understand that therapy interventions come with a financial commitment.




DESIGN of SENSORY SPACES - Can you help us design a sensory space (in schools or at homes)?


Absolutely! As experienced and certified providers of Sensory Processing treatment and a designer of many clinics and schools over the years, we LOVE designing sensory spaces. Although, not a licensed Interior Designer, Padra Smith, MS, OTR/L, SIPT also has formal training in Interior Design and professional experience as a Professional Organizer.

Contact padra@mightymindsandmuscles.com to discuss your design needs.




TRAINING/CONSULTING – Can you come train our teachers?


Yes, M.M.M. provides Workshops for teachers and parents. We also provide in-school consultations and/or regular visits to be part of your community. See ‘Workshops’ page for more information.




Can you work with homeschoolers?


Yes, M.M.M. therapists can provide traditional O.T. (related) services to homeschoolers through private pay or through NYC DOE R.S.A. Independent Contractor Agreements. These services may take place in our clinic space or in your home depending on schedules and locations.




Do you provide services in private and/or public schools?


Yes, M.M.M. therapists can provide services under NYC DOE R.S.A. Independent Contractor Agreements in private and public schools (school-permitting and on a limited basis).

We also provide individual or groups sessions via private pay in private schools that do not have related services in-house.

Please contact info@mightymindsandmuscles.com for further details.





Frequently asked questions

GET STARTED - What do I do to get in?


  1. Call or email us for a phone appointment to review your case.

  2. Complete our Client Intake Form (here or ask for hard copy via email…including the Developmental and Medical history forms.)
  3. Schedule an evaluation
  4. Both parents attend the Post-evaluation feedback meeting
  5. Obtain a prescription for “Occupational Therapy” from your local doctor
  6. Start your intervention of choice




Why use Mighty Minds and Muscles?


We are a small boutique clinic that is very personal. We get to know your family and your child’s environment. We focus on quality, not quantity so that we can make a real difference. Our therapists are highly educated, vastly experienced, intriguingly curious and resourceful life-long learners.




How do I know if my child needs OT?


Although nearly everyone could benefit from some sort of O.T. intervention, we believe in helping those who really need our expertise. No one is perfect; there is a spectrum of skill performance in all areas of life. Someone is always better at and worst at nearly every skill we perform. When someone is showing functional difficulties with a skill or is performing at developmental skills much behind his or her peers, it is important to consider O.T. support. If a family or child is physically struggling, overly emotional or feeling stressed, it is important to get some support. If your family doesn’t need our support, we will tell you. The earlier the intervention takes place in the phases of development or upon signs of a disorder, the better we help you.

See our Skills Checklist page for details.




FREQUENCY - How often do we need to come for O.T.?


Our philosophy at M.M.M. is based on the theories of neurodevelopment and exercise physiology. Though not demanded, we highly recommend 2x/week minimum for traditional O.T. sessions in order to provide the brain and the muscles with the stimulations needed to produce real and efficient change. Theories of brain plasticity and muscular strengthening have demonstrated that frequency and intensity are essential for change.

Intensive programs such as Tomatis® Method and Cellfield Intervention are daily during the early phases. Please see details on the respective pages or contact us for more information.

Contact us to discuss your case and your options, as we understand that therapy interventions come with a financial commitment.




DESIGN of SENSORY SPACES - Can you help us design a sensory space (in schools or at homes)?


Absolutely! As experienced and certified providers of Sensory Processing treatment and a designer of many clinics and schools over the years, we LOVE designing sensory spaces. Although, not a licensed Interior Designer, Padra Smith, MS, OTR/L, SIPT also has formal training in Interior Design and professional experience as a Professional Organizer.

Contact padra@mightymindsandmuscles.com to discuss your design needs.




TRAINING/CONSULTING – Can you come train our teachers?


Yes, M.M.M. provides Workshops for teachers and parents. We also provide in-school consultations and/or regular visits to be part of your community. See ‘Workshops’ page for more information.




Can you work with homeschoolers?


Yes, M.M.M. therapists can provide traditional O.T. (related) services to homeschoolers through private pay or through NYC DOE R.S.A. Independent Contractor Agreements. These services may take place in our clinic space or in your home depending on schedules and locations.




Do you provide services in private and/or public schools?


Yes, M.M.M. therapists can provide services under NYC DOE R.S.A. Independent Contractor Agreements in private and public schools (school-permitting and on a limited basis).

We also provide individual or groups sessions via private pay in private schools that do not have related services in-house.

Please contact info@mightymindsandmuscles.com for further details.





Founder and Clinical Director:

Padra Smith, MS, OTR/L, SIPT

100 Reade Street

New York, NY 10013

917.960.0250

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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!