Once upon a time…

AboutPlay therapy began in 2002 when Kate began seeing clients privately in their homes. As her practice grew, she began to rent space through other therapists in Atlanta and Decatur.

Between 2005 and 2008, Kate had 3 children and was working part time. She loved the flexibility that private work offered her and the ability to spend time with her young family. In 2011, Kate joined with Lauren Zimet, MS, CCC-SLP of Early Insights, a speech therapist focusing on nutrition and holistic therapy. Together, they opened Healthy Foundations in Decatur, where AboutPlay and Early Insights, shared a space. In 2014, Kate moved AboutPlay therapy into it’s current location in Grant Park in order to be closer to her own family, and to serve a community that did not have as many therapy resources.

Kate had the opportunity to create a sensory gym that she had always dreamed about. Kate began building her therapy team shortly after, bringing in therapists also interested in using holistic and intuitive practices.

Maggie Hall joined the team in 2015, followed by Alicia Westley-Smith in 2016, and Rebecca Kramer Fiscal in 2017. Kelly Hartley joined AboutPlay in 2015 to begin assisting Kate on various tasks for AboutPlay and AboutMe and also to help with groups.

A compassionate and dynamic team of occupational therapists

AboutPlay therapy is a compassionate and dynamic team of occupational therapists who are sensitive to the needs of the children and families that they serve. The therapists provide holistic services that focus on creating a nurturing, loving, and grounded therapeutic environment to help facilitate a more stable nervous system for the child as a base for greater function in all areas. These areas include physical skills such as balance, coordination, and bilateral integration, emotional regulation from improved sensory modulation, and fine or small motor skills such as manipulation, handwriting, and visual skills.

Tools for self-regulation

The therapists also work on giving children tools for self-regulation and self-advocacy. They strongly believe in nutrition as a base of all well being, knowing that even small steps can make a big impact. They take into consideration the specific needs of the child and family, and create a plan for goals and services. They enjoy working closely with families and believe that this facilitates greater growth and connection in the therapeutic process. AboutPlay therapists also enjoy collaborating with teachers, other therapists, doctors, nutritionists, and any other people involved in the child’s care. 

Who we work with

They have worked with many children over the years, including, but not limited to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Learning Differences (LDs), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), premature birth, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Spina Bifida, hypotonia/hypertonia/mixed muscle tone, Microcephaly and Macrocephaly, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), as well as many children without diagnoses.