Occupational Therapy

Nadia Alvarez


Preschool, Children, and Adolescents

Nadia’s treatment philosophy focuses on developing the underlying skills for functional everyday life activities. She utilizes an approach that targets specific skill areas tailored to each child’s needs. Nadia believes in fostering independence in children and working with families to provide a high standard of care that will serve them now and in the future.

Nadia has worked with children ranging in age from 2-13 years old in the public school setting, private ABA clinic, and outpatient pediatric clinic. She has seen how the school and private clinic work in conjunction to support the child with a wide variety of diagnoses and abilities. She is currently certified as a therapeutic  Yoga for the Special Child® practitioner for children with special needs and works with children privately using this approach. She also enjoys continuing education courses based on her interests to stay current with research and treatment techniques.

Nadia attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana earning her bachelor of science degree in Community Health in 2011 with an emphasis on public health and health sciences. She then received her master of science degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University in 2014. Nadia is interested in neuroscience and current autism research and how this affects child development. She has attended continuing education courses related to autism, behavior, and neuro-anatomy pertaining to a developing child. She previously worked with an organization that primarily served children with autism spectrum disorders and their families where she provided staff training on the neuroscience of sensory integration and autism to increase awareness of sensory integration difficulties with that population.

During her free time, Nadia likes to spend her time with family and friends, going for walks, practicing yoga and meditation, gardening, and soaking up the sun.

Areas of Interest:

Developmental Disabilities | Autism | Low Muscle Tone | Motor Delays | Sensory Processing | Executive Functioning

Certification/Specialty Training:

Certified in Yoga for the Special Child ®

Current work in certification to become Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS)