About Us

Avital Shuster, MA OTR/L

Avital - mom of 3

Mastering Developmental Skills One Box at a Time

Hi! My name is Avital and I’m a pediatric occupational therapist from Orange County, California. I’m a mom of 3 creative and energetic young children, a dog, a cat, and a wife of 1 funny husband.

I’ve worked with children in local school districts for over 12 years and in private practice since 2016. I support children with a variety of diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, developmental delays, sensory integration, and more.

Early on in my practice, I realized the importance of collaborating with the child’s family and caregivers. I believe parents need as much support as their child and providing them with resources has been always one of my priorities.

Why I Developed Skills in a Box?

“What more can we do at home to work on this skill?” is a very common question I heard throughout the years working as a pediatric occupational therapist.

Now, in addition to referring parents to my website OTPlan, sending a home program, or just verbally sharing ideas with the parents, I can deliver a box that includes all the materials and plans needed to promote specific skills.

Skills in a Box is a way to support your child’s developmental skills at the convenience of your home.

When creating Skills in a Box, one of my main goals was to help parents and educators understand the importance of looking at the child as a whole. Utilizing a bottom-up approach and the concepts of the Learning Pyramid theory, I designed these boxes so parents can start supporting their children developmental skills in sequential order, strengthening the underlying skills, and building their child’s success, one box at a time. 

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Please note that the ideas presented in this website are for informational purposes only and are never individualized therapy recommendations.

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