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      August 2017

      Since starting Occupational Therapy Hunter is now tolerating his feet getting wet and sandy at the beach and is much more confident riding his bike and climbing on play structures at the park

      Parent, Brianna Beech

      August 25, 2017

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      April 2015

      Sande, I just want to express how grateful I am for everything I have learned at New Directions for Kids. I thought the most appropriate way to do that was through a handmade care like the one we made so many times with the kids! Both you and these incredible kiddos have shown me the kind of person I wish to be and this experience has validated my choice to become an Occupational Therapist . Thank you again for being such a valuable mentor and teacher. I will be sure to keep in touch!

      Warmly, Jessica Avalos.

      Student intern June 18, 2017

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      May 2015

      Sande's work with my son week in and out has resulted in an amazing transformation for him this past year. He was completely shut down when he met Sande and through Sande's nurturing and dedication to children and her occupation, he has developed a beautiful and trusting relationship with her. This has allowed him to explore more, take some risks, and grow in ways I expected that would take years to get to. After a few unpleasant OT experiences, I am so thrilled we came to Sande and have no reservations about our 30 minute commute to her.

      Michelle Ludwig May 22, 2015

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      We are so happy to have someone who wants our child to succeed as much as we do. In just one year our son has become far more functional and confident in what he does, but the best part is the smile on his face. When considering occupational therapists it's hard to know where to start and what to do. Sande has been so helpful and knowledgeable with many connections to the community and other specialists. She has really helped us through this journey of "growing" a beautiful child. We can not express our gratitude enough for all that Sande and New Directions for Kids has done for our son and us.

      Shari & Eric Gjerdrum, parents October 22, 2014

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      Sande Rutstein, with New Directions for Kids, has made a huge difference in my daughter’s life, and consequently, a huge difference for our whole family. Through one-on-one occupational therapy, as well as group therapy with other children, my daughter has made great gains in her development of motor skills, confidence, self-awareness, sensory integration, and social skills. Sande’s extensive experience is paired with an intuitive understanding of her clients’ needs, and her deep and genuine love for children allows her to provide supportive, compassionate care while offering challenges to help foster growth. The office at New Directions is a safe, enriching environment where children are encouraged to learn and explore. Every week Sande brings out fresh and exciting equipment, and plans new targeted activities. It can be hard work for a child to stretch his or her limits, but Sande makes it so fun that kids are eager to go back again and again. It takes a unique approach to build trust with a child while encouraging them to reach their full potential. Sande truly has that gift!

      New Directions Client January 14, 2015

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      Ethan and I look forward to the time we spend with Sande at New Directions for Kids. Sande is exceptional at incorporating so much variety and fun into such a great learning experience!

      Amanda Brooks October 28, 2014

      I love going to see Ms. Sande every week. She is artistic and fun to work with. I like her games, obstacle course, and other fun activities. She has helped me improve my balance. Best of all, because of Ms. Sande I no longer get carsick!

      Claire Doherty, age 11 October 28, 2014

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      My two daughters, Grace, age 6, and Claire, age 11, have been fortunate to have Sande as their Occupational Therapist since June 2008. She has worked with them individually and in small groups and has helped them make great progress with their individual sensory, motor, social and emotional skills. I have watched Sande work with many children, each with different needs. She respects each child as an individual and gives them her full attention, respect, and compassion. I have yet to see a child, including my own, who is not deeply bonded to Sande. For my daughters, their 'work' with Sande are moments of pleasure. They never want to miss a week with their favorite 'play' teacher. For me, Sande has become the first and last person I go to for parenting advice. Her insight and guidance have proven priceless.

      Caroline Adair Doherty, Cambria October 28, 2014

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