WILD & FREE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

- FAQs -

What is pediatric occupational therapy?

Pediatric occupational therapy works with children on developing the skills necessary to successfully “occupy” their time. A child occupies their time through play, making friends, learning in a variety of settings, handwriting, participating in extracurricular activities, and completing self-care tasks (tying shoes, dressing, etc.).

Children more than ever before are receiving evaluations due to difficulty with poor attention , decreased strength and endurance skills, sensory processing deficits, and emotional regulation.

Wild and Free OT offers a unique therapeutic approach that works with children and their families on reaching their goals in the local parks in the McKinney area. 

Why outdoor occupational therapy?

Wild & Free OT believes that nature and the great outdoors will help inspire your child’s imagination and play while supporting their developmental skills. We mainly use the tools that are available in the outdoors such as fallen down trees, open fields, hiking paths, mud, sticks, stones, plants, and water play as opposed to the traditional setting of a brick-and-mortar clinic. Providing occupational therapy in a natural and unrestricted setting will ignite a child’s sensory system, imagination, motivation, calm and flexibility. We utilize “loose parts” from the outdoor environment to facilitate play. Loose parts are objects that have a multi-functional use such stones that can be made for a walking path, building a small bug house, or a painted sculpture. Open-ended play with loose parts can help a child problem solve and move their body in challenging and real-life ways.

What about bad weather?

All our sessions aim to take place outdoors in all seasons and all weather. Wild & Free OT does not have an indoor treatment space. If it’s hot, rainy, windy, or cold outside, we do not cancel sessions but use this opportunity to play, explore and work on therapy goals. During the summer months, outdoor occupational therapy sessions will take place in the mornings. The only exception to outdoor therapy is hazardous weather like thunderstorms, lightning, hail, or a tornado warning. It is very important to dress your child in weather appropriate clothes. We like the saying, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Wild & Free OT can provide tips on how to dress for any type of weather outside.

Is Wild & Free OT a good fit for my child?

Wild & Free OT provides outdoor, nature-based treatment for children ages 3.5 and up. Our 15 minute in-take call will give you insight into weather Wild & Free OT is a good fit for your child and family. Due to the treatment setting being in an open, outdoor environment- this setting might not be the best fit for your child if they:

  • are a flight risk of running away
  • have complex medical issues
  • need services that specialize in feeding
  • unable to navigate on uneven surfaces.
Do you take insurance?

We take BCBSTX. We are currently in the process of credentialing with Medicaid. If your family has other insurance coverage, we can provide you with documentation known as a superbill, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or require additional information.

What are your private pay rates?
  • 15 minute Intake Call: Free
  • 60 minute Initial Evaluation: $200
  • 60 minute Individual OT session: $150
Where will therapy sessions take place?

Wild & Free OT is a mobile practice. This means that there is no brick and mortar clinic and OT sessions can be conducted at the local parks, nature preserves and playgrounds or in your own home and backyard. We will have a heavy focus on play and exploration of the outdoors during each session. The 4 main locations for sessions are Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano, Erwin Park in McKinney, and Limestone Quarry Park in Frisco. However, we are more than happy to work at your home and create a fun and therapeutic space in your own backyard!