Welcome!

Here you will find occupational therapy and feeding therapy services focused on improving quality of life for your whole family.

At Roots Pediatric Therapy, Hana makes things simple and transparent, so you can stop searching and start seeing results in therapy sessions.

 
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Modern parenting can be overwhelming.

Take a deep inhale as you examine your worries regarding your child’s development and exhale a sigh of relief.

You have found a place to be yourself, to be honest about your current situation with your child, and now you have an opportunity to make change. Have you wanted to pull your hair out at mealtime? Struggled to decide what to serve for dinner? Rushed out the door for school because the morning routine fell apart, once again?

If this sounds like your current situation, just know, it doesn’t have to stay this way.

Roots can help your whole family find more peace and joy by addressing underlying causes of stress and developmental concerns.

 
 

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I want your family to feel successful in daily life.

Roots Pediatric Therapy can help your family thrive.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? This question has guided my personal and professional journey and has lead me to where I am today. The fear of failure holds so many of us back from achieving our true potential, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

I started Roots Pediatric Therapy because I want to help families plant the seeds needed to cultivate hope, courage, and resiliency in the face of setbacks, challenges, and failures.

With the right tools, we can address the root problems influencing participation in feeding and eating, self-care, rest and sleep, social participation, play, leisure, and education. Roots provides traditional Occupational Therapy and specialized Feeding Therapy services within the home and community settings for families in Scottsdale and the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area. Children and adolescents can grow into their full potential when they are nourished with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for success!

 

Getting Things Done 

My Process:

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Consultation

Connect with me over the phone to discuss your main concerns about your child’s development and to determine if Roots is a good fit for your family. During this call, I will introduce myself, provide more details about the therapy process, and answer any questions you may have at this stage. Let’s chat!


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Evaluation Process

If deemed appropriate, the initial evaluation will take place in the comfort of your own home. The emphasis during the evaluation process will be on your child and their daily occupations, the family unit, and the environment. Typically, this will involve standardized testing as tolerated, parent/caregiver interview, and skilled observation for thorough data collection to guide the treatment plan. If necessary, referrals for other services will be provided at this time.


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Begin Therapy

It’s time! Your child will start receiving Occupational Therapy and/or Feeding Therapy services the following week for private pay services or as soon as authorization is granted when required by other payer sources. The duration and frequency of services will be determined through ongoing collaboration between us based on your child’s response to therapy.

 

Details

The Investment: 

 
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Session

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Time

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Finances


Phone Consultation

20 minutes 

Free


Initial Evaluation

60-120 minutes 

$250


Therapy Session

45-60 minutes

1:1 Occupational Therapy Session - $100

1:1 Feeding Therapy Session - $110


 

Roots offers local private pay therapy services and has a contract with DES/DDD to provide services through the State of Arizona. In regard to private insurance, we are considered an out-of-network provider for occupational therapy services. Documentation to seek reimbursement from your insurance company will happily be provided upon request.

 
 

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Meet Hana Eichele,
MOT, OTR/L

About Your Provider:

I’ve always loved the energy and zest kids bring to life! I’ve been known as the crazy aunt, the fun cousin, and the loud niece. You’ll find me sitting at the “kids table” for holidays, even to this day, because I can’t hold back from telling a joke or starting a new game. 

As a Youth Mentor in High School, I began working with children with Autism. One child in particular, planted the seed for where I am today. He had a severely restricted diet of artificially colored and sweetened yogurt and candy bars. Whenever he consumed his lunch, his functional skills would almost immediately decline.

It broke my heart seeing how food was not helping his body do what he needed and wanted to do.

It lead me to further explore this population through a qualitative research study regarding health-related quality of life (HRQL) for children with medical complexity and quantitative research regarding feeding and eating interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Through my research and work experiences, it became clear there was a need for skilled providers to decrease stress resulting from sensory-based feeding issues in order to improve family mealtimes and overall quality of life. 

When I became a Registered and Licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist, my passion for children, food, and healing became a reality. I started out in the school setting, which allowed me to see the value of providing services within the natural environment. As a special education team, we were able to collaborate on a consistent basis to determine and monitor effective interventions. I then transitioned into the clinical setting to increase my knowledge with medically complex individuals and to address feeding and eating challenges with an emphasis on the family unit. I’m a lifelong learner and have pursued additional training in a variety of programs, including Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut Training developed by Mary Kawar, and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding developed by Dr. Kay Toomey and Associates*. When I became an SOS Approach to Feeding provider, I learned how to assess and treat children with feeding difficulties by examining the root causes impacting their success through a comprehensive lens spanning oral, motor, behavioral, sensory, and cognitive/learning development.

Through my own trials and tribulations in life (and there have been many), I discovered my core values are resiliency and hope.

When people ask why I pour out my heart and soul for others, it’s because I can. I have the capacity to choose this career everyday, and feel grateful for the opportunities I’ve been afforded. I look forward to partnering with more families in the future to not only help children develop skills for feeding, but also to experience joy while safely eating!

When I’m not working with my Roots clients, you may find me making a new recipe, reading, going to the farmer’s market, practicing and teaching yoga, adventuring with my husband, or visiting our family and friends in the Midwest.

*For more information on the SOS Approach to Feeding program, please visit www.sosapproachtofeeding.com.

 

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Ready to Start Therapy?

Schedule a free phone consultation with no strings attached.

Life can be overwhelming, but working with the right provider can make it easier! Request a consultation to find out if Roots is a good fit for your family.