Maria del Pilar Saa, OTD, OTR/L
D r. Saa is an occupational therapist originally from Colombia, South America who came to the USA in 1997 to pursue her Doctoral Studies in Occupational Therapy. She graduated with her Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2003 and soon after she got her certification in Sensory Integration with the USC and WPS. Currently, Dr. Saa is a committee member of the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Sensory Integration Special Interest Section (AOTA SISIS).
During her doctoral studies, Dr. Saa focused her research on sensory integration and the impact of sensory integration dysfunction on children and their families. Her line of work has always been on topics related to sensory processing difficulties, as it relates to children’s social skills, behavior, and school performance. Her goal for treatment is to implement a family-centered practice to assist the children and their family in achieving both their personal and familial goals.
Dr. Saa has over 15 years of experience treating children of all abilities and is certified in Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, and Interactive Metronome. She is an Adjunct Professor at South University and has worked an lectured in different universities in the past. Dr. Saa opened her practice InterPlay in 2005 to better serve her clients and develop a unique therapeutic facility in the area. Her successful career is due to her passion, knowledge, hard work and outstanding results.
Due to the great demand for her services, Dr. Saa has grown her business and hired additional therapists. For consistent results, she personally trains all of InterPlay’s therapists and is committed to educating future leaders in pediatric practice. She constantly provides learning opportunities to her therapists and makes an effort to educate the staff in all the most up to date, effective and evidence-based approaches. Sensory Integration is constantly revisited, to enhance our knowledge and be more effective in our therapy sessions. Other treatment approaches are usually incorporated in order to treat the whole child and have a greater understanding of their needs.