Danielle Amster, OTR, has been practicing occupational therapy for over 15 years, specializing in the treatment of children and adults with sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, and autistic spectrum disorders. She has worked in a wide variety of settings that include public and private schools (preschool through age 21), early intervention, and in private practice for individuals of all ages.
Danielle started her career in the New York City Board of Education practicing school-based therapy as well as teaching multidisciplinary groups of therapists throughout the five boroughs. She trained groups of educators to integrate occupational therapy techniques into the academic setting, and designed sensory diets for implementation in the school and home settings. Danielle worked for a number of years in a variety of public and private schools, where among other populations, she used a sensory-based approach to successfully treat children on the autistic spectrum.
Before founding SensoryWellness, Danielle worked in a family-centered private practice, specializing in the treatment of children and adults with sensory processing issues. She offered direct treatment, created home programs, and coordinated the involvement of the treatment team, including family members, psychologists, school personnel, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, and other related professionals.
With years of experience and success in treating sensory processing dysfunction within the pediatric population, Danielle was approached by adults and teenagers who were experiencing similar symptoms and functional issues. It soon became clear that adults and teens needed their own setting and course of treatment to receive similar sensory-based interventions to improve their abilities to function more optimally within their daily lives.
Seeing this growing need, Danielle founded SensoryWellness with the specific needs of the adult and teen population in mind. Utilizing similar tools and equipment as is used with children but tailoring treatment activities for adults, this setting will afford the privacy and comfort of a therapy practice geared toward the needs of adults and teenagers.
Danielle holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Stern College.
Her post-graduate training includes dozens of continuing education courses as well as extensive training in treating those with sensory processing issues. These include a variety of neurodevelopmental sensory-based approaches, Reflex Integration methods including Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), RMT and INPP, Therapeutic Listening, DIR Floortime, Astronaut Training - A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol, and addressing the role of vision as relates to sensory processing, along with other techniques.