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ABOUT

Get to Know Me
and My Philosophy

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M Y  A P P R O A C H

Holistic Approach to supporting; Health, Movement, Development, & Wellbeing

I am excited to share that I have recently complete the entire Osteopathy program with the Canadian College of Osteopathy, a rigorous 5-year journey of Osteopathy, guided by an incredible group of teachers and mentors. I am now working towards the completion of my osteopathic thesis where I am exploring the role of osteopathy with young children and Amblyopia. 

With my studies in osteopathy and occupational therapy, my approach in practice is client-centered and holistic.  In many wellness practices, we reflect on the connections of body-mind-spirit. In OT we encompass the layering interplay of the person, the environment and occupation(s), or PEO. In Osteopathy we view the body as a whole and evaluate and treat the interconnections of the body. I find myself continuously reflecting and considering these holistic perspectives, zooming in with clients to discuss specific areas of concern and specific goals, while also zooming out to see the individual, and many layers to health, to growth and to development.  

As a gymnast growing up, I went on to coached gymnastics for 10 years! From my time coaching all ages -  little tots all the way up to the committed competitive athletes, I continue to apply my experience and teachings of movement, kinesiology, strength, and conditioning to my current practice in many ways. I continue to stay involved with gymnastics, advocate for inclusion in sport/ community and I am dedicated to my own practice of yoga and mediation. 

With a background in Fine Arts with York Unversity, I value incorporating creativity and art as a tool in therapy and wonderful option of expression and communication with children.

How the body experiences, holds and relaeases trauma is an area I have been studying more in-depth in recent years. 

As a true life long learner, I am always found with a book tucked under my arm (or in my bag) and a continuing education courses upcoming in my calendar. 

When not at work, I enjoy travel, time with loved ones, and most especially time on my family's organic vegetable farm! 

Areas I'm passionate about exploring in practice include: 

     - Infant & child development

     - Attachment & nurture

     - Emotional development

     - Trauma-informed therapy 

     - Pre & Postnatal support 

     - Sensory Processing 

     - Advcacy for children & inclusion in our communities 

     - Creativity, art and movement

     - PLAY as the most important childhood occupation 

     - Mindfulness 

     - Montesorri and DIR FloorTime principles 

     - Energy work 

A B O U T  M E

Allison Rock, O.T.  OT Reg. (Ont.) 

&Osteopathy (thesis writer)

Allison graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011. She has diverse clinical OT experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities in community, hospitals, clinical, and rehabilitation settings. Allison works closely with the Toronto, York Region, Peel, and Durham communities, and also school boards, helping students reach their fullest potential in school and daily life.

Allison's role includes supporting students with learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD, developmental delays and sensory, motor, and coordination challenges. 

Allison has completed post-graduate courses on topics including:

    - The Alert Program

    - CO-OP

    - DIR Floortime ©

    - Feeding and Positioning

    - Handwriting and Fine Motor Development

    - Infancy and Early Childhood Attachment

   – Integration Into School

   - Learning Disabilities

   - Osteopathic Manual Therapy courses including topics of infant and child development & Osteopathic based obstetric support  

   - Paediatric Splinting and Taping

   - Sensory Integration

   - NDT

   - Seating and Mobility

   - Social Skills

   - Self-Regulation and emotional development

   - Vision Therapy

   - Primitive Reflex Assessment and Integration

   - Rhythmic Movement Training

   - Therapeutic Listening programs 

Allison is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), and registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). She welcomes questions and inquiries and is happy to provide more information on how OT can support you and your family.

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“What lies behind us and what lies before are  us are small compared to what lies within us” 

      -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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