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Our Children's House at Allen 

Our Services

Pediatric specialists at Our Children's House at Allen evaluate and treat patients in a warm, comfortable environment designed especially for children. 

Our services include: 

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Speech/feeding therapy
  • Parent education and support
  • Developmental Screenings and Equipment Assessments

Specialized Treatment Programs

In addition to our standard services, we offer specialized programs specifically tailored to your child's unique needs:  


Outpatient Feeding Assessments:

Our Children's House at Baylor in Allen offers a comprehensive feeding assessment that involves an occupational therapist to assess texture and/or sensory deficits, a speech therapist to assess oral motor, chewing, and swallowing skills, a dietitian to assess nutritional needs, and a behavioral feeding specialist to assess possible behavioral barriers to feeding. We will teach you how to reinforce new techniques and therapies to help your child's mealtimes become successful.  

Transitional Skills Evaluations:
Our Children’s House at Baylor in Allen offers transitional assessments for children ages 11-17 years with chronic health conditions.

  • The goal of the program is to support parents as the young person moves from a child to a young adult.
  • The assessment objectives are to connect families with resources, establish realistic and meaningful home goals, and promote functional skill development in the home and community, as well as improving the child’s overall level of independence.
  • This team will provide assessments targeting the following:
    • Occupational Therapy: Self care such as dressing, cooking and bathing. Pre-work skills such as home chores, shopping and eating out. 
    • Speech Therapy: Functional expression language, social communication, communication system updates and nutritional screening
    • Physical Therapy: Equipment checks, strength and endurance, physical fitness through utilization of community resources, home programs addressing growth issues for children with tonal differences. 
    • Inform Parent of Resources such as: Supported Employment, Estate Planning, SSI and Assistive Living

Augmentative Communication Evaluations:
Our Children’s House at Baylor in Allen offers a comprehensive assessment that analyzes motor, sensory, communication, cognitive and social skills in order to select an appropriate device to optimize performance within the constraints of the individual’s capabilities. This evaluation is conducted by a multidisciplinary team, including a speech-language pathologist, physical therapist and occupational therapist.

For more information on the specialized evaluations and group therapies, please call 972.727.5312.

Our Staff

April McCain, OTR - Clinic Manager
April has a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Arts in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is also certified in Advanced Pediatric Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. April is also the clinical manager at OCH Allen.

Physical Therapists 

Physical therapists (PT) help people develop the skills necessary to be mobile in their home and community environments.

The PTs at OCH Allen have special training to help children with conditions such as premature birth, congenital anomalies, neurologic disorders, orthopedic disorders, torticollis and/or plagiocephaly, motor weakness, hypotonia/hypertonia, poor coordination, low endurance, gait disturbance, environment adaptations, equipment needs and orthotic referrals.

May B. Bressler, PT, DPT, PCS, has a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from University of Texas at Dallas, and a Master of Science in physical therapy and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is a certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy. May is also the PT Student Coordinator at OCH Allen.

Renallie R. Burns, PT, DPT, earned her Bachelor of Science in extensive life studies from New York Institute of Technology. She also holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology.

Jennifer Diedrich, PT, DPT, received a Bachelor of Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Psychology from Southern Methodist University. She also holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hardin Simmons University. 

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech therapists (ST) evaluate and treat children who have difficulty with speech, language, oral motor skills, feeding progression, as well as other disorders.

The STs at OCH Allen have special training in feeding and swallowing disorders, Food Chaining, motor speech disorders, augmentative communication, Vital Stim® therapy, PROMPT therapy, Beckman Oral Motor© therapy, Talk Tools and Auditory-Verbal therapy. 

Leigh Ann Robinson, MS, CCC-SLP, earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Texas A&M University. She has a Master of Science in communication disorders from University of Texas at Dallas and is certified in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Impairment by the University of North Carolina.

Laura Impelman, MS, CCC-SLP, has a Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology from Texas Woman’s University.
Alaina Emmert, MS SLP-CCC, received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from The University of North Texas and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology from The University of North Texas.
Megan Coker, MS, CCC-SLP, earned a Bachelor of Science in communication disorders from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in communication disorders University of Texas at Dallas.
Abbey Ehle, MS, CCC-SLP, received a Bachelor of Science in communication disorders from Abilene Christian University and holds a Master of Science in communication disorders University of Texas at Dallas.
 

Casey Taliancich-Klinger, MS, CCC-SLP, has a Bachelor of Arts in communication sciences and Disorders and a Bachelor of Science in Spanish from University of Texas at Austin. She also earned a Master of Arts in speech-language pathology from University of Texas at Austin.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapy (OT) is not just for adults and their jobs, a child’s "job" is to play, rest, learn activities of daily living, education and social participation. An OT can help develop the skills necessary for a child to fully participate in his/her home and community environments.  

The OTs at OCH Allen have special training in Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Kinesio® Taping, sensory-based feeding problems, handwriting, social skills and Therapeutic Listening®, as well as addressing motor skills and self-care skills.

Shannon Anderson, LOT, has a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University.
Joy Covarrubias, OTR, earned a Bachelor of Science in health studies and a Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University.
Nina Wheat, OTR, received a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services from Western Michigan University. She holds a Master of Science in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University.
Liesl Thompson Jones, OTR, has a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Austin College. She earned a Master of Science in occupational therapy from Washington University.

Office Staff

Marian Neumann, Office Coordinator
Marian has an associate degree in business administration from Tyler Junior College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from LeTourneau University.

Shelly Dennis, Administrative Assistant
Shelly has a Bachelor of Science in health and kinesiology from Northeastern State University.

Abbe Smith, Administrative Assistant

Therapy Technician

Lauren Bridge, Therapy Tech, received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from University of North Texas.