We pride ourselves on providing therapy in the child’s most naturalistic environment. Children are most successful when they feel comfortable and supported. Through providing therapy in the home setting, we are able to maximize learning and development.
Providing activities that are appropriate for a child’s developmental level is crucial in building success and independence. At Functional Foundations, we match activities to your child’s current level of development in order to encourage progress toward developmental milestones.
As the caregiver, you are your child’s primary teacher and a valued member of the team. We encourage family members to be active participants in the therapeutic process. Incorporating caregivers into the delivery of services allows us to extend learning beyond the therapy session and into your child’s everyday life.
Every child is different and has their own unique needs. We work with you to develop treatment plans that are appropriate for your individual child.
Our therapists utilize your child’s strengths and interests throughout therapy in order to motivate and promote engagement in therapeutic activities.
A child’s primary occupation is play. Not only is it fun, but play is also vital to the development of cognitive, social, self-regulation, and motor skills. This is why we utilize play as our primary therapeutic tool.
Mallory Drake is a licensed occupational therapist in Kansas and Missouri, and is a registered therapist through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She graduated from the University of Kansas (KU), earning both Master and Doctorate level degrees in the field of occupational therapy. During her graduate work at KU, Mallory completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training through KU’s Center for Child Health and Development. During this traineeship, Mallory had the opportunity to participate in a community-based self-care and social skills program for adolescent girls with autism and other developmental disorders. This experience helped Mallory discover the value of teaching and practicing skills in a naturalistic environment.
While completing her doctorate work, Mallory researched extensively the impact of social and emotional competence on future academic success. She has a passion for helping children develop in the areas of self-regulation, play, and social skills in order to enhance their overall engagement in their home, school, and community settings. Mallory’s previous work experience involves providing services in local school districts to students with various developmental needs at the preschool and elementary levels. During this time, she worked collaboratively with teachers, therapists, and families to meet students’ sensory, social-emotional, and motor needs through naturalistic and developmentally appropriate activities.
Mallory lives in the Kansas City area with her husband. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, traveling, reading, and playing with her beagle, Atticus.
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It is the mission of Functional Foundations to promote the development of children in their natural environment through positive, meaningful interactions and activities. During occupational therapy sessions, we work with the child’s caregiver in order to empower them to take an active role in their child’s learning.