Mikayla Hall is a pediatric occupational therapist from Ventura, CA. She began her OT career working for Pleasant Valley School District in Camarillo. She worked with school-aged children in the classroom setting and helped them succeed in their occupations in school. The children she saw primarily struggled with sensory processing, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, attention, and focus. Mikayla then worked for California Children's Services, a Ventura county program that provides services for children 0-21 years with varying physical disabilities. During this time, Mikayla worked with patients with cerebral palsy, muscle disorders, spina bifida, ataxia, spinal cord injury, brachial plexus injuries, and more. In this setting, Mikayla worked to help these children address their daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, and so on. During her time at CCS, Mikayla took a special interest in feeding and swallowing. She has completed over 100 hours of direct intervention on oral motor and feeding skills and has taken specific coursework in this topic such as the neurobiology of swallowing and dysphagia, baby led weaning techniques, and feeding disorders in infancy.
Mikayla discovered TimberNook after reading Richard Louv's book, "Last Child in the Woods." This book discusses how children today are facing alarming deficits from lack of outdoor play. Mikayla was empowered after reading this book and thought about how the outdoors could help some of the difficulties she was seeing in her patients in the school and outpatient clinic. After further research and some difficult soul searching, Mikayla applied to become a TimberNook provider. It was a leap of faith for Mikayla to leave a stable job with benefits but her heart jumped into the front seat.
What draws Mikayla most to the philosophy of TimberNook is that it provides children with the space and time to truly engage in their most meaningful occupation...play. Somewhere along her path as an OT, play took a back seat. Therapy became more about setting unrealistic goals or adult-directed activity. Mikayla felt she had an obligation as an OT, to not just help children live, but to help them live a life of MEANING. TimberNook offers meaning and so much more in a child's life. Mikayla is happy and proud to be bringing TimberNook to Ventura County at her first location in Ventura, CA.
To contact Mikayla, email her at Mikayla.Hall@timbernook.com or call 805-377-0368
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