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Melanie Thompson, OTR/L, ATP, Uses Passion to Help Kids Learn Skills Through Play Therapy

Melanie Thompson, Occupational Therapist at our Pediatric Home & Community Program in Arizona, was born with a passion for helping others. Melanie joined Therapy Solutions, now a part of the NeuroRestorative family, many years ago. Over the years, she realized the positive advancement children made from the connection between play therapy and motor and cognitive development. Through assistive technology (AT), Melanie can work closely with children and her team members to individualize play therapy sessions that are unique to each individual, ultimately making the process more enjoyable for the child, team member and family.

Melanie assists individuals and their families with the availability of power mobility devices. Some families cannot afford a power wheelchair or insurances companies will not cover, so Melanie created a training program to provide children (including those with limited head control) the skills needed using a trial power wheelchair and alternative access devices – because every child deserves the experience to play.

Melanie’s success and passion led her to start two nonprofit organizations: Believe Beyond Ability and Gye Di. Believe Beyond Ability focuses on making communities provide more assistive technology for children. Gye Di’s mission is to provide a safe and inviting environment without limitations for children, regardless of their challenges. For example, offering inclusive recreation centers for children with complex needs.

We are proud to announce that Melanie has been awarded the 2022 NBCOT OTR Impact Award. This award was given to Melanie for her actions that support NBCOT’s mission of “serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice.” She is one of four recipients to receive this award.

Thank you, Melanie, for your dedication to children and their family members. Congratulations on this impressive and much-deserved award. You can learn more by visiting