Getting Started / OT Process

The OT Process

Click on the headings below to learn a bit more:

Unfortunately I’m not able to take on any clients at this time, as I’m on maternity leave. You are more than welcome to contact me (info below) with any questions, as I will be monitoring my messages while on leave!

Once I’m back up and running, you will be once again able to complete our self-referral form, which will be once again available through our website.  There is no commitment required if you complete this form! You are welcome to contact me if you would like to receive a notification when I begin accepting new clients again.

You are always more than welcome to contact me by:

  • Send a message through the contact page of our website
  • Email me (Marissa) at
  • Text or call me (Marissa) at (778) 931-0689

Kettle Valley Kids is a private clinic, so families may pay for services directly, explore private insurance coverage, or use any of the funding options listed below (if you are eligible).

If you don’t have access to funding or extended health benefits for Occupational Therapy, please reach out to Marissa to discuss reduced rates.

Marissa is on the Register of Autism Providers (RASP) list, and can directly bill the Autism Funding Unit (AFU) once a family registers her as a service provider. She can provide some assistance to families with this authorization process, as needed. 

Kettle Valley Kids OT can also complete direct billing with:

Check out the services/rates page on this website for information.

  • Our first appointment will be a meeting for Marissa to learn more about your child, including your goals and concerns. This may be completed virtually or in-person. Younger children do not need to attend this first meeting, though some, particularly older children, may choose to join.
  • By the end of this appointment, we will make a plan of what type of assessment could work best to explore your priorities and concerns.
  • Number of sessions varies depending on client needs and goals (usually takes a couple of sessions).
  • May be informal/play session(s), observations of your child in-person or through video, standardized assessments, additional review of history or reports, or some combination of the above.
  • Assessment sessions may take place at your home, in the community, at the clinic, through video, or some combination. We can discuss the pros and cons to each option at our meeting.
  • Parents are welcome to attend sessions or drop-off/pick-up (if in clinic). You are welcome to be in the room with us, or wait in a separate/attached room.
  • We can meet (virtually or in-person) to discuss what was learned during the assessment, as well as initial recommendations. 
  • This meeting is optional. A written summary or report can also be provided, based on caregiver preference.
  • Working towards client goals can be achieved through play-based occupational therapy sessions, in-person or virtual consultation with caregivers/educators, written recommendations/reports, or a combination of the above.
  • Goals will be continuously monitored and adjusted, as needed.
  • As with assessment, sessions may take place in the home, community, clinic, video, and parents may attend or drop-off.
  • Frequency of sessions depends on client/caregiver preference and the outcomes/goals at play. We can work together to make a plan that fits your (child’s) unique needs. Bundles of sessions can be booked at a reduced rate to maximize funding/affordability.
  • Clients may choose to work on OT goals in pairs with a peer/sibling for reduced rates. This also allows for natural opportunities to work on goals in a social setting. Speak with Marissa if paired sessions is something you would be interested in exploring.