Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! prides itself in the quality of our staff. We recruit the best possible candidates who are professionally trained and skilled in engaging children in the therapeutic process. Then, we provide extensive supervision and mentoring to further develop the skills of our therapists. All clinical staff members have degrees in occupational therapy, have passed a national exam and are licensed in California to provide occupational therapy.
The majority of the staff at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! is certified or in the process of obtaining certification in the evaluation and treatment of sensory processing disorders. Therapists may have other additional training in feeding/swallowing issues, neurodevelopmental treatment, auditory interventions (e.g. therapeutic listening); fine motor issues (e.g. handwriting programs) and other techniques. We train interns and provide advanced training in sensory integration intervention for international occupational therapists.
About the Directors:
The owners of Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! are Sena Felt and Sahana Baker-Malone.
Sena Felt, O.T.R./L
Sena Felt received her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. Sena has been practicing occupational therapy since 2001 and has been at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! since 2008. She previously worked in acute care and school based settings, as well as a multi-disciplinary pediatric facility. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and is trained in several forms of therapeutic listening including iLS, The Listening Program, and Therapeutic Listening.
Sena is originally from Wisconsin and most of her immediate family still lives there. She has 3 children, 2 dogs, and a cat. Prior to moving to California nine years ago, Sena’s family had the pleasure of spending 12 years moving around the US and overseas as a military family. Their most distant travels took the family to Cairo, Egypt where she practiced pediatric OT and learned about Egyptian culture.
When she’s not at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY!, Sena enjoys traveling, hiking, going to the beach, girl’s nights out, running, boot camp, horseback riding, and playing volleyball.
Sahana Baker-Malone, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Sahana Baker-Malone majored in Psychology at Scripps College in Claremont, California before receiving an MA in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Sahana has been practicing occupational therapy since 2003 and has been at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! since 2004. Sahana previously worked in the only hospital on Maui, helping patients in acute and rehabilitation care, hand splinting, and performing modified barium swallow studies. Sahana has advanced certifications in the SIPT, swallowing and feeding, Therapeutic Listening, and the Masgutova Method.
Sahana grew up and homeschooled in rural Maui, Hawaii. When she’s not at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY!, Sahana plays competitive roller derby with the Peninsula Roller Girls and spends time with her husband Joe, their three children snowboarding, traveling and being adventurous.
Our clinical therapy staff currently includes:
- Jenni Adelman, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Jenni Adelman, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Sahana Baker-Malone, M.A., O.T.R./L.
- Kerry Bunger, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Kerry Bunger, M.A., O.T.R./L.
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- Sena Felt, O.T.R./L.
- Joy Ho, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Joy Ho, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Hana Ju, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Hana Ju, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Development is Child's Play scored big when Hana decided to come work with us! We love Hana, and we know her DICP families do too. Hana immediately clicked into place at DICP, and she has been sharing her wisdom (OT and otherwise) with us since then. If one of us has a question or needs something, Hana knows someone who can help. She makes connections wherever she goes, and we're lucky she connected with us!
Hana received her undergraduate degree from UCLA with a BS in Psychology. She received her MA in Occupational Therapy from USC. Hana has been a practicing OT for almost 14 years, and has been at DICP for six years! Hana has worked in many settings and along the way has been trained in Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening System, SOS approach to feeding, DIR/Floortime, and the Beckman oral-motor protocol.
Hana says:"I always wanted to be in a 'helping' profession, and I always knew I wanted to work with kids, so when I first heard about OT my Junior year of college, I knew right away that's what I wanted to do! I love that as an OT not only can I directly work with a child and help them be more independent, successful and happy, but I can also work with and get to know the parents and other family members and help to enrich their lives as well. For over 8 years of my OT career I worked in non-public schools for children with moderate to severe autism in the bay area and New York City. And although I am so grateful for the experiences I got in those settings, professionals I learned from, and children I worked with, there is something very special about the ladies and culture of DICP that I have never had in a work setting before. It is very rare that you enjoy working with each and every person and everyone is there to help, support and sacrifice for one another....so I feel extremely blessed to call DICP my work home.
- Catherine O’Sullivan, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Catherine O’Sullivan, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Jill Painter, M.S., O.T.R/L.
Jill Painter, M.S., O.T.R/L.
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- Karen Swinehart, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Karen Swinehart, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Jaime Yoshino, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Jaime Yoshino, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Laurie Ferrell, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Laurie Ferrell, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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Are you interested in finding out more about our staff or our services? Please feel free to give us a call at 408-865-1365.