Christine Soria, MA, OTR/L

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About Me

I have been an occupational therapist for 23 years here in LA,  after graduating with a Masters in OT from USC in 1996. I found my passion working with children during my first job in a hospital outpatient department and then moved to the school district several years later to work with children full time. Currently, I am the occupational therapist serving Hermosa Beach City School District and live here in Redondo Beach. I love being part of the South Bay community and making a difference right here at home. Besides working for the school district, I also provide private therapy in the home and for Harbor Regional Center clients that qualify. I am one of very few therapists in the South Bay that is certified in Listening Therapy. I find this auditory therapy  has profound positive impact on  my clients in regulation and development.  I have helped research the effects of moving and sensory based furniture on student outcomes within  school classrooms, pioneering the movement to more functional. flexible.  and effective classroom environments to positively impact learning.  I have continued my studies and career development in sensory integration, reflex integration, autism, ADHD, ocular motor difficulties and neuro-development techniques. I hope to meet you and your child soon and help them reach their highest potential!

Testimonials

"After his first session with Chris, we noticed an immediate change in our son's behavior. Our 3 year old was calm and sat at the island appropriately playing with Legos, something he would never do before and also used imaginative play! In the past 6 months , we have seen huge bursts in regulation, speech and his overall development. Now things like going to the beach or Disney are enjoyable for all of us, especially him."

-AJ

"Chris has zeroed in and become an expert on sensory needs and has applied the knowledge to her weekly therapy. We have been with Chris for 2 years and our son has made incredible progress. Chris bridges the gap between home therapy goals, school accommodation suggestions and works in collaboration with our other service providers. "

-Mauri

"My sweet three year old daughter has been working with Christine almost 6 months now for sensory issues, and the improvement has been mind blowing to watch. However, my daughter recently had surgery and started some transitioning, tantrums, showing affection/touch, and just an overall loss of how to express her emotions via speaking. When I asked Christine for an intensive week of her therapy, she was happy to make time for us right away. Her knowledge and professionalism of OT, and her ability to not only work with my daughter on her sensory issues, but really LISTEN to her and react to her specific needs has been like no other person we have worked with to date. She knows how to put my anxious daughter at ease, but more importantly, she makes this whole process seem about having fun. We feel so blessed that our daughter now has her laughter back! We owe it all to Chris and her kind, creative approach, and the knowledge she passes on to help us parents in this beautiful and challenging journey with a sensory child.

  -Kelly and Maddie

Occupational therapy in action

 

See the power of Occupational Therapy on regulation and development!


In this video you will see an extreme premie who is now 18 months old has difficulty with regulation, cries often and requires caregivers to carry her at all times or will continue to cry.  Even though she is 18 months, deep pressure swaddling continues to calm her. The movement of rocking and bouncing continues to keep her calm, activate her neck muscles and allows her to initiate social interaction.