School District: Valley Stream District 13
Special Services Fax #: 516-564-5427
Sherley Fils-Aime MS, OTR/L
Welcome to our occupational therapy page! My name is Sherley Fils-Aime and I am one of the occupational therapist in the district. I have been working in this field since 2009. Before coming to Valley Stream I worked at Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), where I learned a great deal about students with autism. I have also had the opportunity to work at UCPN The Children’s Learning Center with children with multiple disabilities as well as toddlers in their early intervention program.
Christina Del Gais MA, OTR/L
Greetings! My name is Christina Del Gais and I have been practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist since 1997. My previous experience ranges from early intervention up to the high school level. Over the years, I have worked in several settings including Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC), AHRC and school districts throughout Long Island. These experiences afforded me the opportunity to work with children with various disabilities and cultural backgrounds. I look forward to working collaboratively with both parents and staff in order to maximize our students potential within their educational environment.
A child's ability to perform his /her role as a student may be impaired by challenges within the school setting. As a school based occupational therapist I work closely with the school team to improve fine motor coordination, visual motor integration, occulor motor skills, bilateral integration, visual perception and sensory integration. By consulting and collaborating with the teachers to incorporate the curriculum into my treatment sessions; I can provide strategies which will enhance the students performance within the school setting.
Parents play an important role in their child's therapy. It is imperative that you keep in contact with your child's therapist about activities and exercises being performed during their therapy session. Carrying over these activities at home will improve the quality of the skills learned and will help with generalizing the skills from school to home. When parents take on an active role in their child’s intervention process; the child then receives the best care possible because the parents and the therapist are working as a collaborative team. Please feel free to contact me at your child's school for an appointment to review the occupational therapy program and learn fun activities to complete at home.
I enjoy working with children and seeing them reach their potential through therapy. I look forward to meeting you and working with your child.