Valley Family Therapeutics, LLC


Valley Family Therapeutics, LLC

We care personally about your student's success!


Valley Family Therapeutics is a school-based pediatric therapy practice focusing on providing quality Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy, as well as developmental testing in the Lehigh and Northampton counties. We believe in maintaining and enhancing the schools we support locally rather than collecting a large quantity of contracts in a variety of areas as many of our competitors do. Our mission is to help each student to identify their gifts in the academic environment and shine; while providing schools with the professional support and collaboration needed, with efficiency and fiscal accountability in mind. 

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YOUR STUDENT'S SCHOOL TEAM IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR ACADEMIC SUCCESS. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO IDENTIFY YOUR STUDENT'S GIFTS AND HELP THEM TO SHINE.

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SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

Valley Family Therapy focuses on collaborating with administrators to develop an effective team therapy approach to address your schools goals and needs both with efficiency and cost-effectiveness in mind. We believe that it is possible to manage therapy costs effectively while providing students with the therapy and support they deserve, enabling your student's to be successful and parents to feel confident in your schools support.

Ongoing collaboration and support to both our therapists and our schools is important to us because we know that academics is not stagnant, rather ever-changing. We need to be flexible and adapt to new needs and goals; furthermore, are consistently working to implement new plans, procedures, and gather new resources.

We participate with colleges to provide mentorship to fieldwork programs, if schools so chose to allow this. We find the mutual relationship a helpful part of our school-based programs. 

SCHOOL THERAPIST

Valley Family Therapy cares about our therapists. We want you to feel valued and to understand that you are important to both our company and the students you work with. We strive for stability for our students from year to year. You may be one of the few individuals in their academic career following and supporting them from grade to grade and that is a respectful responsibility. We seek out therapists who have strong communication skills, are reliable, knowledgeable, flexible and embrace a true team approach for the benefit of their students.

TEACHERS

We value the teachers who serve our students along side of us, as part of our team. It is important for us to collaborate, combining our efforts to provide our students with the academic support they require to be successful. We always encourage teachers to reach out to us with questions and concerns. We are here to support you and provide guidance.

PARENTS & GUARDIANS

We believe that parents and guardians are a critical part of a child's academic team. We want to provide you with the support you need to be able to help your child when they are not in school. We want your child to feel confident and happy with their academic environment and success.

Director of Valley Family Therapeutics

Kim Bandi has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 18 years. She has worked in outpatient, home-based, and aquatic based pediatric Occupational Therapy, as well as, in acute care on cardiac, orthopedic, and oncology units. Kim has specialized in working with children in the school system for over 14 years of her career. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses since the start of her career including but not limited to ADHD, Developmental Delays, Intellectual Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus injuries, CVA, etc. When her own children were in elementary school she was an active member of the PTA and initiated the start-up of successful after school enrichment programs. Kim is passionate about working closely with administrators, teachers, therapists, parents, students, and colleges. In addition, Kim enjoys writing, photography, and spending time with her husband and their 3 children, ages 14, 12, and 2.


Owner of Valley Family Therapeutics

Sonja Burmeister has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for 23 years and has an Early Intervention Certification. She continued her education to Specialize in Pediatric Neurosurgery as a Physician’s Assistant and she brings that wealth of knowledge to her OT practice. For the past 13 years, Sonja has been co-owner of an agency providing Early Intervention services for children of the Lehigh, Northampton and Berks Counties. Sonja opened up Valley Family Therapeutics an outpatient clinic in Coopersburg in 2014 and in Emmaus in 2017. She went on to sell them to LVHN in 2018 so she could focus her business on providing school-based services in the Lehigh Valley, while finishing her doctorate for Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University. Sonja became a professor at Moravian College in 2019. She treats complex medical and NICU babies, Feeding Issues, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Plagiocephally, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, CVA and a myriad of other diagnoses. In addition, Sonja enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and their 4 children.

WHY CHOOSE US

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Valley Family Therapeutics cares about our community which is why we focus on working closely with schools in the Lehigh and Northampton Counties. We provide cost-effective therapy while still providing students with the best therapy practices. Our owner is a successful entrepreneur in the Lehigh Valley, an occupational therapist, physician's assistant, and professor at Moravian College who works closely with her director, an occupational therapist specifically in the school system for over 13 years, together they understand both the administrative aspect, as well as, the therapist perspective. This enables a approach to best support the entire team, meaning the school, the student, teachers, parents, and therapists all.


Our goal is to identify appropriate children at a young age, provide an effective therapeutic referral and intervention approach, discharge students appropriately and yet efficiently, while communicating as a team throughout the entire process. This approach promotes proper referrals, controllable size caseloads, efficiency of therapies, provides fiscal accountability, as well as, successful students. This in turn enables parents and guardians to feel confident in the school their children are attending.


Therapies in the school-system are not stagnant so we do continue to strive daily to implement new plans, procedures and resources. We also participate with colleges to provide mentorship for their fieldwork programs, if our contracted schools agree. We find the mutual relationship of college students within our school systems beneficial for students at all levels and a resourceful part of our school-based programs as well.