MScOT, B.A., registered occupational therapist, MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST, pediatrics & adults
Welcome! I’m Rachel Quong, a Registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists. I have a deep love for our next generation and am passionate about allowing children and youth to flourish and have fun!
For over 5 years, I have been working in pediatric mental health wearing different professional hats as both a Mental Health Therapist and an Occupational Therapist. It is a joy to support children with mental health concerns such as ADHD, ODD, FASD, anxiety, autism, trauma, and behavioral difficulties from both lenses.
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up” – Brené Brown
I specialize in working with young children (0-7) in the toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary stages. Common concerns that I support include anxiety, selective mutism, ADHD, emotional regulation, anger, oppositional or defiant behaviors (ODD), developmental delays, and parent child relationship issues. I also enjoy collaborating with parents and families to collectively explore the best supports for their child.
I approach treatment holistically and incorporate knowledge of a child’s psychological, social, emotional, and physical development alongside external factors such as home, school, and daycare life. The modalities I utilize have foundations in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Attachment-Based Therapy and parent-management training. These modalities will be appropriately adapted according to your young child’s stage in development.
I have a great love for working with young children and have volunteered and worked with this age range for many years. I also strongly believe caregivers are the experts in their child! Together, we will approach therapy in a fun, collaborative way that is personalized to your and your child’s goals. I look forward to building an exciting and engaging therapeutic relationship with you and your child!
I provide assessments for children and adolescents in a variety of areas including writing, fine and gross motor skills, visual motor skills, and sensory concerns. I also offer comprehensive motor assessments to support the family physician or pediatrician to rule in or out a diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). I am familiar with providing assessments to children who have difficulties with focus, attention, and behaviour and I am happy to explore ways to make this a positive, engaging, and pleasurable experience!
These assessments come with a comprehensive report. Reports include observations and recommendations that may be used for advocating for classroom accommodations, assisting an FSCD application, or equipping yourself with tools to support your child’s development. Depending on the concern, a full standardized assessment may not be needed. I am able to provide an observational informal assessment complete with an informal assessment summary.
It is important for me to offer treatments that are collaborative, fun, and tailored to you and your child’s goals! I offer treatment in the areas of fine and gross motor skills, writing, and Activities of Daily Living (ex. feeding, dressing, sleeping). I provide specific skills treatment for DCD and motor planning difficulties. I also offer support in exploring appropriate accommodations and assistive technology for DCD and learning disabilities in written expression.
I offer consultation to schools, daycares and community partners regarding writing, assistive technology, fine and gross motor skills, visual motor skills, sensory strategies, feeding and classroom accommodations. Consultation summaries may be provided upon request.
In addition to working with pediatrics, I provide sensory and visual-motor assessment for adults. In the near future I plan to offer adult cognitive rehabilitation treatment for those who have undergone a motor vehicle accident in areas including memory, task prioritization, self-care, and pacing.
Outside of work I enjoy being creative and dabbling in new activities. Some of my favourite past times include traveling, playing a variety of instruments, snowboarding, aerial silks, and eating.
Behavioural Issues (Oppositional or Defiant)
Child Counselling (ages 0-7)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Grief & Loss
Preschool and Kindergarten challenges
Relationship Conflict (Peers, Sibling, Parent-Child)
Self-Esteem & Confidence
Trauma, Abuse, PTSD
Activities of Daily Living
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Behavioural Difficulties (Oppositional or Defiant)
Children & Youth
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Executive Functioning Supports
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Mental Health Concerns
Oral Motor Feeding
Visual Motor Skills
Assessments for Children
Circle of Security Parent Facilitator
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Handwriting Without Tears (in Progress)
Incredible Years Group Training
Play Based Therapy
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
Mealtime Miseries (TR-eat® Model)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Alberta
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta
Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists