Our Team

Thomas Decker, EdD, OTD, OTR/ L

 

T homas Decker is the Clinical Director at Interplay and an Associate Professor in the OTD entry level program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Tampa Bay campus. He has been an occupational therapist for 27 years in both adult and child rehabilitation, including co-founding pediatric private therapy practices in the Republic of Ireland. He received his training in several different approaches and treatment techniques, including Neuro-developmental Treatment and PNF, Sensory Integration, Interactive Metronome, The Listening Program, and many other specialized protocols throughout his career. Dr. Decker has clinical experience with adults including those with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and other neurological disorders; and he has been both a therapist and consultant for children of all ages with varying diagnoses across several settings in the USA (Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale), Ireland, and the UK. His dissertation for his EdD was titled “Student Perceptions of Preparation for Fieldwork Experiences in a Blended Learning Entry Level OTD Program: A Phenomenological Study” and his research for his post professional OTD was titled “The Development and Implementation of an Adolescent Treatment Group Program for Teens with DCD/Dyspraxia”.

His other research has included topics such as private practice, sensory processing and fieldwork education, transformational leadership and personality traits, as well as survey development. His current research is phenomenological in nature examining areas of disenfranchisement, and more specifically employment and education experienced by different racial groups of ex-convicts, post-release. A multitude of factors affecting ex-convicts upon release are being explored. 

Testimonials

P.B. a grateful mom!

On my search to help my son I had good experiences and not so good ones. But finding InterPlay has been a blessing in the skies. Dr. Pilar and her team are truly the best professionals in the area. Their charisma and compassion, professionalism, knowledge, integrity and quality of care are what every parent (who is struggling with their child) needs. They didn't only help my beautiful boy but my family as a whole. Their understanding of sensory integration and their playful approach to treatment engaged my son and they were able to get out the best of him. In every session they gave their heart and he gave them his best. It just took a couple months for all of us to see the benefits of the treatment. Today, I am glad to say that our family is at peace with our situation, knowing that hard work (as we are guided by the experts at InterPlay) will lead us to the right path ...