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.