ABOUT NYC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Get to Know Me
and My Philosophy
A B O U T M E
Melissa Putterman Spitz, M.S. OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Melissa Putterman Spitz, M.S. OTR/L is a New York State licensed and registered pediatric Occupational Therapist based in Manhattan. Melissa received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University in 2009 after completing her undergraduate work at the University of Florida with a specialization in Occupation Therapy. Melissa has worked for the New York State Early Intervention Program, at various private preschools and elementary schools, in the home environment, and in sensory integration clinics throughout Manhattan. She provides screenings and consultative services in several private schools, leads fine motor and graphomotor based handwriting groups and presents educational seminars to related service providers.
Melissa has her certification as a Size Matters Handwriting Program therapist and has received specialized training in Handwriting Without Tears, Neurodevelopmental Techniques, Reflex Development and Brain Gym. Her expansive knowledge extends beyond these areas as she has in-depth experience working with a variety of problem areas. These include and are not limited to visual motor integration, fine motor skills, visual perceptual processing, graphomotor skills, low tone, motor planning, strength and endurance, coordination, self-care, sensory integration and processing and executive functioning skills.
M Y A P P R O A C H
Functional, Holistic, Supportive
Through a multisensory approach, structured games and cognitive techniques, children are able to perform activities with improved efficiency and greater independence. The most current therapeutic treatment is provided in a beneficial and supportive manner to address a child’s goals and needs. While sessions are focused on improving a child's skills, special attention is given to building a child’s confidence and sense of accomplishment. Her clinical experience, intuitive nature, compassion and dedication is reflected in the success of the children with whom she has worked. The primary focus of her private practice has been promoting a child's functional participation through highly motivating and meaningful play experiences.