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PlayWrite Therapy offers children's occupational therapy services in our San Francisco center. Our occupational therapists provide treatment for children using the following therapies and programs.

Sensory Integration Therapy:

Sensory Integration therapy is child directed therapy. The therapist sets up the environment to provide sensory experiences and opportunities (including vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile input) so the child forms an adaptive response to integrate the sensations and help with brain development. The goal is to create the "just right challenge", so the child feels successful, but not overwhelmed. Because sensory integration therapy is based on play, the child's interests and choices guide the therapist's selection of therapeutic activities. The goal is to help the child function better physically, emotionally, and academically, rather than to teach one specific motor skill.

Perceptual Enrichment Program:

The Perceptual Enrichment Program (PEP) is a non-academic cognitive perceptual program that uses developmentally sequenced perceptual tasks to improve visual perception, problem solving, sequencing, and spatial organization. PEP facilitates the coordination of the brain hemispheres, enabling abstract and creative problem solving in the frontal cortex.

The Zones of Regulation:

The Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones. The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts. For more information, visit

The Alert Program:

The Alert Program (a.k.a. "How Does Your Engine Run") is a program that educates teachers, parents, and children how to monitor their state of alertness and choose appropriate strategies to change or maintain their state of alertness. For more information, visit The Alert Program

Handwriting Without Tears:

A handwriting program that teaches simple vertical style letters using a multi-sensory systematic method of teaching. For more information, visit Handwriting Without Tears.

Loops and Other Groups:

A kinesthetic approach to cursive handwriting that teaches the letters in groups that share common movement patterns.

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs):

iLs is a multi-sensory program for improving brain function. It incorporates modulated music with developmentally appropriate activities. iLs programs improve emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information. With improved regulation and processing, our ability to focus, think, and engage successfully in social situations also improves. For more information visit

Therapeutic Listening:

Therapeutic Listening is a program that combines modulated music with sensory integrative activities to improve sensory modulation, attention, behavior, postural organization, and speech and language difficulties. For more information, visit Vital Links.