Irvine Therapy Services was founded in 1980 by Betty Romero, MA, OTR/L, at the suggestion of Dr. A. Jean Ayres, pioneer, researcher and teacher in the field of sensory integration and occupational therapy. Dr. Ayres’ practice, The Ayres Clinic in Torrance, California drew clients from not only the greater Los Angeles area but also from Orange County. Dr. Ayres saw the need for a pediatric occupational therapy practice that utilized the Ayres Sensory Integration® techniques in Orange County. ITS thereby became the first pediatric occupational therapy clinic to open its doors to the children of Orange County in November 1980 . As Dr. Ayres’ husband Franklin designed and made most of the equipment at the Ayres Clinic, Betty’s husband Leonard built most of the equipment for Irvine Therapy Services.
When Betty retired from the practice in 1996, Priya Mohan, MA, OTR/L took over as Director of Irvine Therapy Services.
Our highly qualified professional staff consists of Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapists with advanced training in sensory integrative evaluation and treatment techniques. We are certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). Our therapists have extensive background in child development, play, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, kinesiology, sensory-motor functioning, oral-motor functioning, hand function, handwriting, and psycho-social behavior. We use a holistic approach, and work with families and other professionals to enhance the quality of life and the functional abilities of the children we treat.