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A Bit About Us

Meet the team


Shawn Chuang 

Shawn is the founder of Kidstart Pediatric Therapy. He is currently developing various OT treatment programs and therapy structure within several locations. He is listed on the Registered Autism Service Providers (RASP) list as an Occupational Therapist (OT).

Shaw has completed his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in Taiwan and graduated in 2009. He has advanced training in Sensory Integration and has completed ASI® certificate program from CLASI (Collaborative for Leadership in ASI). He is also a trained SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) feeding therapist and a DIRFloortime® practitioner. Shawn has also attended many workshops including Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for both introductory and advanced course as well as Relationship Development Intervention (RDI).

For more than 12 years of working with kids with special needs, Shawn has devoted his career to making a difference for these children and their families. After he moved to Canada in 2017, he continued his career with special focus on kids with Autism diagnosis. He enjoys working with them and loves to see them learn and grow through play and relationships.

Regarding his occupational therapy practice, he does initial Occupational Therapy evaluation, feeding assessment, report writing as well as direct intervention for children aged 3-18. He also attends to client’s home for home-based OT sessions as well as school visits for school aged clients.

Shawn believes in holistic approach with greater understanding of child development. He is also a strong advocate for creating awareness of children with special needs as well as promoting the importance of the involvement of the parents. He always tries his best to collaborate with the caregivers and walk with them through their journey. He enjoys working/playing and laughing together with kids, and that’s why he is never tired of finding fun and cool stuff for kids that he works with.

Professional Development/ Workshop and Courses

⚫ Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) -Introductory and advanced courses

⚫ Relationship Developmental Intervention (RDI)- Consultant training

⚫ DIR Floor time introductory Level 1

⚫ DIR Floor time Basic Certificate course (DIR 201)

⚫ Integrated Listening Systems SSP training course

⚫ ASI certificate program (CLASI)

⚫ SOS Feeding approach course

⚫ “The Traffic Jam In My Brain ONLINE” A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioral Differences

⚫ Handwriting Without Tears K-5 Handwriting Workshop

⚫ Keyboard Without Tears Workshop

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Occupational Therapist

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Kristie Shen

Occupational Therapist

Kristie began her journey as an Occupational Therapist after completing her bachelor’s degree of Occupational Therapy in Taiwan in 2007. Since then, her professional journey has led her to work with children and families in a variety of settings and treat many different diagnoses and developmental concerns.

For Kristie, positive relationships with children and families are fundamental to success in therapy. She believes that children learn best through meaningful activities that are fun and motivating, so letting children enjoy each therapy session is always one of her goals.   

As a therapist, Kristie wants to always be progressing and learning in her field. She always wants to be her best so she can help children be their best self.

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