Sarah Appleman MS, OTR/L is a published Author, Speaker, and Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Sarah holds a master’s degree from Touro College in Occupational Therapy and specializes in early intervention for children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Dysfunction. Sarah has worked as a senior therapist, supervisor, and mentor. Sarah was also a supervisor for School Districts and has worked for in-home care as well as outpatient facilities
Sarah co-owned Paws 4 Peds in Long Beach New York, a unique facility that combined Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy while incorporating 2 dogs, 2 Hermans Tortoises, and A Mali Uromastyx lizard for animal-assisted therapy. This facility inspired Sarah to write her first book, “Paw Prints” a handwriting curriculum utilizing a multisensory approach to handwriting.
In her newly released book, “Play With Your Food”, Sarah combines her passion of working with the special needs population with baking. Through fun, therapeutic interventions, activities, and tips, she guides caretakers and children to enjoy participation in the food preparation with fun games while improving the food tolerance of picky eaters.
Sarah has been published in magazines, papers and recently appeared on KUSI, a San Diego, California station to talk about Autism during Autism Awareness month.
She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. Her vision is to help children worldwide overcome their food aversions, integrate their food repertoire while building their fine motor skills, memories, and confidence.
This book is a fun and interactive way to improve your child’s food repertoire! “Play With Your Food” was created by Sarah Appleman, a seasoned Occupational Therapist and mom of 2 kids with Sensory Processing Disorders. These are her own tried and tested ideas and recipes that she has utilized in her practice as a therapist and as a mom. With the activities and suggestions in this book, you will have your child actively participating in cooking and baking in no time – so get ready to Play With Your Food!