Every child (and every family!) has differences to celebrate and strengths to embrace. At Play 2 Progress, we apply a deep understanding of the science of child development to help kids thrive in all areas of their lives. It could mean improving motor planning and coordination (sometimes tantrums happen when something is just too tough!), building the skills to manage big feelings and be in control of little bodies, or even teaching new moms to play with their babies in ways that boost physical development and promote cognitive learning.
Play is at the core of child development, providing children with an array of learning opportunities. At Play 2 Progress, we create both individualized and group enrichment opportunities in a nurturing, safe, and fun environment where children can flourish. Individual sessions are custom-designed to help kids reach their unique learning goals through effective programs disguised as play sessions. Group sessions are also custom-designed for learning goals – and the group provides opportunities to teach children how to respond to emotions, work effectively in a team, communicate needs and build friendships.
At Play 2 Progress, we support parental goals by creating a shared vision between all members of a child's support network. With open lines of communication between families, teachers, and coaches, we are able to see a complete picture of each child – and to provide consistent support by helping the whole network use tools that enrich the child's development.
Dr. Allie Ticktin is a licensed occupational therapist with a specialty in sensory integration and early childhood development. Allie’s life work is to empower children to celebrate their differences through play, and she believes it is necessary to customize each child’s treatment to his or her needs. Allie enables every child to reach a new level of confidence through an individualized plan created through collaboration with the child’s family, teacher and broader support network. Allie founded Play 2 Progress after recognizing the power of social play to facilitate individual progress. Through individual and group sessions with children, Allie is able to facilitate notable growth across both school and home environments.
Allie began her work in pediatric development at The University of Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science, and continued her studies at The University of Southern California where she received her Master of Arts degree and her Clinical Doctorate (OTD) in Occupational Therapy. As part of her clinical doctorate dissertation, Allie developed and implemented a manualized dog-assisted intervention program at a local school for ongoing use. Allie is certified in Sensory Integration (SIPT) and has received advanced continuing education in Neuronet Learning, Neuro-developmental treatment, DIR Floortime and Beckman Oral Motor.