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Maria del Pilar Saa, OTD, OTR/L 

Maria del Pilar Saa, OTD, OTR / L

Dr. 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. Dr. Saa earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2002. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Saa focused her research on sensory integration and the impact it has on children’s participation in daily life, as well as the impact it has on their families. Her line of work has always been in 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 possesses advanced training in sensory integration (received her certification in Sensory Integration in 2005 from USC and WPS), neuro-developmental treatment, and P.L.A.Y among others. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and their families and has held academic positions as an adjunct faculty member for Associates, Masters and Doctoral level programs. Prior to opening her private practice, Dr. Saa was the director of the occupational therapy department for two outpatient pediatric facilities in Florida.
Dr. Saa opened her practice InterPlay on 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. InterPlay is currently the largest private pediatric outpatient facility in Palm Beach County which provides services to over 100 children a week in its two locations. Dr Saa 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.

Dr. Saa serves a committee member for the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Sensory Integration and Processing Special Interest Section (SIPSIS) as the leadership and Management Coordinator and also served for the committee during the 2014-2017 term as the communications coordinator.

She is committed to the occupational therapy field and leadership, by providing training opportunities to new professionals and students, and promoting excellence in service provision in her practice. She has worked with, and delivers education and services to clinicians and families around the world.

Testimonials

MB & BB
Words cannot even begin to describe how very grateful and pleased we were with Dr. Pilar Saa and her professional staff of Occupational Therapists. We had an appointment for an initial evaluation with Dr. Saa scheduled a few weeks in the future for when she returned from being out of the country, but we called her office as our 3 year-old son was in some immediate distress and she squeezed us in before she left. We have never forgotten that!! Our son was able to start his OT immediately with the most wonderful, warm, kind, compassionate therapist that we all grew to love. He actually looked forward to his appointments at the play-gym. We are happy to report that our son is thriving and doing wonderfully. We cannot thank Dr. Saa and her staff enough for being such a special part of our "village". They held our hands through every step of the way, educated us and guided us as we navigated this scary thing called "Sensory Processing Disorder". We highly recommend Dr. Pilar Saa and her staff at InterPlay!!!!