Grow Play Thrive, LLC
Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Lactation Services - Honolulu, Hawai'i
Message us here: (808) 707-8128 - Klara
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Our approach to supporting you is always based on the unique values of each individual family and what is most appropriate for the health and safety of all family members. We are a specialized practice that primarily provides feeding therapy for children and lactation services.
Grow Play Thrive, LLC, conducts business on the traditional, ancestral and unceded kingdom of the Kanaka Maoli of the Hawaiian Islands, as well as the territories of the Haida and Tlingit People of Southeast Alaska. We honor the indigenous people past, present and future, who are continuing to live and care for these lands, and their traditions and culture which have been in place for generations before the founding of the US states of Hawai'i and Alaska.
Our Unique Specialties
Occupational Therapy for Infants
Lactation Services with a Pediatric OT/IBCLC
Pediatric Feeding Therapy - Oral Motor & Oral Sensory Skills Training
Neuromuscular Therapy with Aerial Apparatus
Occupational Therapy for Infants
Our model uses direct interactions with your baby combined with parent coaching to maximize effectiveness. Areas supported include but not limited to: fine motor skills, feeding and oral motor skills (to support feeding at breast, bottle, and any alternative method), sensory processing skills affecting function, cognitive development, and social-emotional skills. Supports are provided for babies who have Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis, Plagiocephaly, Ankyloglossia, and other conditions.
Lactation Services with a
Pediatric Occupational Therapist -
birth through weaning
The unique advantage of working with a professional who is licensed in occupational therapy and a certified IBCLC is that additional support can be given for infants with difficulty coordinating latch and milk transfer, aversions to the breast/chest or bottle, tightness or asymmetry in the muscles impacting the ability to feed, and any difficulty transitioning while weaning. Specialties include supporting direct nursing for infants with special healthcare needs as well as gently supporting weaning for older nurslings aligning with family goals.
Pediatric Feeding Therapy
from infancy and beyond
If your child has difficulty feeding from the breast/chest or bottle, severe picky feeding resulting in nutritional imbalances and/or difficulty gaining weight, postural challenges impacting ability to feed, challenges with oral motor coordination, or texture/tactile aversions that interrupt with typical feeding abilities, please ask how our services can compliment with your child's medical care under the guidance of their pediatrician and/or medical team.
Improving Neuromuscular Function with
We are proud to offer unique, whole body, evidence based and movement based approaches to support a variety of needs, including in motor coordination, sensory processing skills, executive functioning, self care skills, and much more! In addition to a variety of strategies offered in the clinic/home, private aerial lessons are available by appointment at multiple aerial studios on O'ahu (Kaka'ako/Honolulu, Kaneohe, and Ala Moana/Honolulu).
Tara has been amazing with my 8 year old son. She has been endlessly patient and kind in a structured way with my son. My son is challenging and can be very difficult. He does not do well with new teachers, environments or challenges. Tara has taken the time to slowly gain his trust and respect. He now loves to go to OT and willingly writes for her. He has improved his handwriting. He is following directions and following the list of first we do this and then we get to do this. Tara keeps the environment fun but structured. She communicates clearly to both myself and My son. Tara is amazing. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone looking for OT for their child.
My wife and I were very please with [Tara]! My wife, Kim, is an OT herself and was very impressed with Ms. Whalen's knowledge of sensory integration principles and treatment interventions. She is very well educated in a variety of treatment modalities as well as effective behavioral interventions. We have found no other OT like her in the private sector! The most impressive quality about ... Tara Renee-Whalen is her a availability for discussion and problem solving her client's and family's individual needs and concerns. We highly recommend [Tara's] services!
My son has been there for almost 3 years and we absolutely love Tara! She has been an incredible therapist for us and has been a great resource. Tara has always showed care and compassion with my child. I recommend her if you are looking for a great therapist!
Services are available in the states of Hawai'i and Alaska. Please contact us with questions or to schedule a session. For fastest response, please TEXT (808) 707-8128 which will direct you to our secure Klara platform. Please note that prior to first visit, all intake forms must be completed in your child's chart and insurance needs to be verified in advance of your visit. We greatly appreciate this understanding of our policy!
Beretania Street Office/Mailing Address:
1401 S. Beretania St, Ste 370
Honolulu, HI 96814
Kuakini Street Office:
321 N. Kuakini St, Ste 201
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 707-8128 - Klara / (808) 369-9090 Voice Message /
(808) 369-9087 - Fax