dots4peds provides outpatient occupational therapy services to children and adolescents with special needs. Our interventions will address your child’s individual needs to enhance skill development and support independence during participation in daily activities. dots4peds is committed to providing a holistic, individualized treatment approach to therapy by empowering the family and child to achieve their fullest potential.
Our Mission: Families are an integral part of the therapy process at dots4peds. As an inclusive therapy practice, we welcome all dedicated individuals involved in your child’s life to participate and contribute in the treatment planning process. Success is accelerated through parent education, family involvement, and home program implementation. We build healthy, trusting and collaborative relationships between families and professionals by providing an informal, comfortable environment, which fosters respect and growth. We strive to increase the self-esteem of children with special needs or unique challenges. As a result, they feel capable approaching and managing difficult situations and are proud of their accomplishments.
Meet Our Staff
Jodie A. Callahan
Co-Founder, Occupational Therapist
Strengths: Empathy, Developer, Activator, Communication, Individualization
Jodie Callahan, OTR/L has been providing pediatric occupational therapy care for 25 years. During this time, she has worked in many pediatric and adolescent settings to include inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation centers with traumatic brain injured youth, public school systems in Virginia Beach and Fairfax County, outpatient clinics at Children’s Hospital of the Kings’ Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as a sensory-based outpatient clinic locally. Also, as a community service, Jodie was a guest lecturer for teachers in several pre-school programs. She is certified in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding) Program, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention certification, trained in Sensory Integration and Neuro-Developmental Techniques (NDT), Handwriting Without Tears, FloorTime (DIR Model) with Dr. Stanley Greenspan, as well as an Integrative Listening system (iLs) practitioner. Her diverse background and experience has enabled her to provide well-rounded treatment sessions for her patients and families. Not only is Jodie an occupational therapist, but a busy mom of four young men, a few with their own special needs, a military spouse and Air Force veteran. She understands the challenges of juggling a busy family life. She believes her job is to provide families with a good base of support, understanding, and knowledge so that they can navigate the challenges their child and family may face.
Co-Founder, Occupational Therapist
Strengths: Empathy, Achiever, Learner, Developer, Discipline
Melanie Kellett, MS, OTR/L is passionate about fostering the development of children's self esteem by empowering and supporting them within their daily activities. Through her experience working in a broad range of settings with a variety of children, she treats each child as an individual and adapts her treatment approach to fit your child's unique skill set. After earning her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Melanie worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital with children and adolescents in the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric unit. Melanie has since worked in both an outpatient clinic setting and within different school systems, developing her skill set by serving children with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities. She is a certified Early Intervention therapist and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) practitioner. Melanie is also trained in the Alert Program - How Does Your Engine Run?, Handwriting Without Tears, Infant Massage, the Fieldwork Educators Certificate Program (FWECP), the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program and the AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding course. Melanie lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, her two sons, and her dog.