About the Owner

Karina Salenger, MS OTR/L

Karina founded Kids Connect Us in July of 2018 in order to meet a growing need for in-home occupational therapy and community-integrated services, and to support families who are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by coordinating care for their children while trying to parent them.  

Kids do best when adults support and nurture their strengths. Karina uses a play-based, relationship-centered, child-led-adult-supported, trauma-informed approach, using lots of movement, sensory input and play. 

Karina has a masters degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University and an undergraduate degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz.  She has received certifications as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and elementary school science teacher, and is an innovator and leader in the field of Therapeutic Rock Climbing. Karina has post-graduate certification* and/or training in the following programs related to O.T.:

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • MNRI - Postural and Dynamic Reflex Integration*
  • MNRI - Archetypal Movements*
  • MNRI - Neurotactile Integration*
  • Talk Tools - Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development presented by Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI*
  • Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding Disorders (Allied Health Education)*
  • Pediatric Feeding Disorders (Feeding Matters Conference, 1/2019 AZ, USA)*
  • S.O.S. Approach to Feeding*
  • Oral-Motor Feeding/Swallowing and Respiratory Coordination Function in Children with Neuromuscular Involvement presented by Rena Alexander*
  • Get Permission Approach to Feeding
  • Vital Links - Building Blocks for Sensory Integration (Sheila Frick )*
  • Practical Sense in Sensory Integration (Julia Harper) I and II*
  • Auditory Defensiveness (Sheila Frick)* 
  • Integrated Listening Systems (ILS)*
  • Interactive Metronome* 
  • Wilbarger Brushing 
  • Positive Discipline Approach*
  • Trauma Informed Care*
  • ALERT Program
  • Executive Function*
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Social Thinking Superflex Curriculum
  • Gut Health, 2018, presented by Rob Knight, PhD, Coursera & University of Boulder*
  • P.E.C.S.

California Board of Occupational Therapy

 License #14264 


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Kids Connect Us

Los Gatos, CA

(408) 766-4080 karina@kidsconnectus.com


Open today

09:00 am – 06:30 pm