Wife, Mother, Daughter, Daughter-in-law, Sister, Family member, Friend, Occupational Therapist, Educator, Lifelong Learner, Entrepreneur, World Traveler, Health and Exercise fanatic, Yogi, Dancer, and Sports Fan
Sheetal grew up in Philadelphia and now lives in South Jersey with her wonderful husband and 2 lovely daughters. Sheetal loves spending time with her family and friends and vacationing and traveling all around the world. She also enjoys being involved in many occupations and activities, always staying active with the mind and body. Sheetal is a passionate life-long learner and teacher, always wanting to learn more about OT, health and wellness, integrative medicine, yoga, cultures, religion, sports, cooking, and crafts.
Sheetal has been an Occupational Therapist with almost 20 years of experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings and with a variety of diagnoses. In the last 15 years, Sheetal has primarily worked in the school setting with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), genetic disorders, neurological disorders, and developmental delays. She has also worked in a pediatric medical day care, adult rehabilitation hospital, acute care hospitals, sub- acute rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and home care.
Sheetal is the founder and owner of SPOT Therapy, LLC, a company that specializes in providing Occupational and Physical Therapy services in public and private schools. She provides evaluations, treatment interventions and education in the areas of sensory integration, self- regulation, autism, and developmental delays. Sheetal is certified as an Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
She presents continuing education courses for PESI and Allied Health Education.
Sheetal has been also an adjunct instructor in the Masters and Doctorate Occupational Therapy programs at the University of the Sciences (USciences) in Philadelphia, PA. She been an adjunct instructor at USciences since 2008, teaching in courses such as Neuroscience, Clinical Skills, Movement Analysis, Rehabilitation, Clinical Teaching and Learning, Human Development, Evaluations and Assessments, and Developmental Interventions. She also teaches dance, yoga, and mindfulness to children, including children with special needs.
Sheetal earned her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy in 2014 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a focus on the multi-sensory approach to teaching handwriting. She earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in 2001 from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA.
<p>OTD, Chatham University</p>
<p>MOT and BSHS, University of the Sciences</p>
Recent Professional Presentations and Publications</h3>
<p>Parikh, S. (2021). Breakthrough Self-Regulation Interventions. PESI (live webinar)</p>
<p>Parikh, S. (2021). Transforming Your Knowledge of Self-Regulation: Understand the Diagnosis and Neuroscience of Children with ASD, ADHD, & Sensory Processing Disorder. Allied Health (live webinar)</p>
<p>Parikh, S. (2021). Transforming Your Practice: Evidence-Based and Practical Interventions and Strategies for Children with ASD, ADHD, & Sensory Processing Disorder. Allied Health (live webinar)</p>
<p>Oct 2021 "Occupational Therapy Stems From S.T.E.M.” – presentation to 3 classes, middle school S.T.E.M. students</p>
<p>Parikh S. Self- Regulation in Children: Keeping the Mind, Body, and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD, & Sensory Disorders. Continuing Education course presented for PESI. Arkansas and Tennessee Dec. 2019, New York Jan. 2020, Webinar May 2020.</p>
<p>Parikh S. Neuroscience and Self-Regulation Techniques for Kids with Autism, ADHD, & Sensory Disorders. PESI. Virginia. May 2019</p>
<p>Parikh S. Handwriting as an OT Intervention. ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. December 2014.</p>
<p>Parikh, S. A Multisensory Approach to Handwriting Intervention for Kindergarten and First grade students. OT Doctorate Capstone publication. Chatham University, April 2014.</p>
<p>Pediatric and School-Based Interventions</p>
<p>Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation</p>
<p>Yoga and Mindfulness</p>
<p>Health and Wellness/ Integrative Medicine</p>