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The Center for Connection, based in Pasadena, CA, is in need of a new pediatric Occupational Therapist. Our integrative, collaborative approach represents a unique model that alleviates the tension of running around to many different locations, professionals, and specialists. By collecting the best of the best in various fields and offering them all in one location, we greatly improve the overall quality of care each person receives, while significantly reducing the stress and anxiety on the individual and family.  Our approach isn’t just to make logistics more convenient, but also to promote cross-disciplinary communication in order to really understand the challenges of the child, and effectively intervene. You can learn more about us at


The Pediatric Occupational Therapist provides occupational therapy services including evaluation, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, and discharge planning.


Treatment/Therapeutic Interventions

  • Take recommendations of evaluation and create an individualized treatment.

  • Plan individual therapy program for each child in coordination with mental health professionals and interdisciplinary team.

  • Provide direct therapeutic interventions to children.

  • Instruct and model treatment activities for parents to ensure that children receive consistent carry-over of treatment to home.

  • Plan therapeutic handling and activities for home/community.

  • Participate and collaborate with interdisciplinary team in proper therapeutic approach (as needed).

  • Be responsible for accurate and timely discharge of patient in coordination with interdisciplinary team and professional standards.

  • Other duties as necessary.



  • Attend required weekly strategy/training/case-management meetings (on Mondays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm). Part of what makes The Center for Connection so special is our interdisciplinary approach. Each member of our team brings with them their own areas of expertise (educational therapists, neuropsychologists, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, etc.), and together we participate in weekly meetings to actively train with Executive Director Dr. Tina Payne Bryson; support each other; learn from each other; and lend multiple lenses of expertise to cases. Our framework is from the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology, where we focus on regulation and relationships, rather than behavioral compliance, and on building skills with the brain’s plasticity in mind.

  • Manage referrals in a timely manner.

  • Manage patient billing and records for your clients.

  • Facilitate connections in the community among other professionals, agencies, and schools.

  • Serve as a resource for and recommend appropriate therapeutic equipment.

  • Be responsible for accurate and timely documentation as established by the interdisciplinary team and professional standards.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.



  • Graduate from accredited university Occupational Therapy program

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy

  • California State license and National Board of Occupational Therapy certified

  • Current American Heart Association or Red Cross BCLS card

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development

  • Specific knowledge and expertise with oral motor/sensory feeding issues

  • Knowledge of available equipment, sources for and maintenance of such equipment

  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate therapeutic handling techniques

  • Skill in communicating objectives of therapeutic programs to interdisciplinary team, families, students, schools, and other professionals (e.g. CCS, Regional Centers, private therapists)

  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team of professionals in a mental health setting

  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately to parents/caretakers and outside agencies (written and oral), including schools and IEP meetings

  • Ability to manage client billing, records, and revenue reporting via Therapy Notes (training available upon hire)

  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience working with pediatrics (Preferred)

  • Evaluation (Preferred but not required)

    • Provide occupational therapy evaluations, including sensory integration and emotional regulation for children ages birth to 21 years both individually and in a mental health setting, using clinical and/or standardized tools as appropriate.

    • Assess clients for overall therapeutic need to maximize function at home and in the community.

  • Ideally, the right candidate will commit to familiarizing themselves with the concepts and approaches of interpersonal neurobiology and specifically Tina Bryson and Dan Siegel’s work: The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain.



  • Generous compensation, setting your own hourly rate

  • Flexible hours

  • Comfortable office space

  • Use of a full sensory gym

  • Continued training and support from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson as well as fellow colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds

  • (Optional) Opportunity to participate in speaking opportunities and/or media interviews

  • (Optional) Opportunity to facilitate group sessions for kids, parents, educators, and/or professionals

  • (Optional) Opportunity to earn supervision hours via our Therapeutic Companion Program



Please email a resume and cover letter to Ayla Dillard at (please attach as a Word or PDF file).

Final candidate subject to background check.

Interested in another position? Then email us at We will save your resume and reach out to you when an opening arises that matches your qualifications. 

A Quick note

The Center for Connection is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by The Center for Connection’s nondiscrimination policy.