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 have degrees
in occupational therapy, have passed a national exam and are
licensed in California to provide occupational therapy. Some
staff are additionally certified to treat swallowing disorders.
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 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.
Staff members are or have been board members for the Santa
Clara Chapter of the Occupational Therapy Association of California
and the Bay Area Association of Pediatric Therapists.
Development is CHILD’S PLAY! is always interested
in talking with therapists who have great potential, like
to play, and are passionate about helping children succeed.
For more information about the type of person we seek, go
to our 'Employment' page.
About the Directors:
The owners of Development is CHILD’S PLAY! are Sena Felt and Sahana Baker-Malone.
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. Sena is the Fieldwork Coordinator, managing our occupational therapy students interns. 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.
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’s 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.
Our clinical therapy staff currently includes:
- Jenni Adelman, M.S., O.T.R./L.
- Kerry Bunger, M.A., O.T.R./L.
- Joy Ho, M.S., O.T.R./L.
- Hana Ju, M.A., O.T.R./L.
- Catherine O'Sullivan, M.S., O.T.R./L.
- Jill Painter, M.S., O.T.R/L.
- Karen Swinehart, M.S., O.T.R./L.