Dechantal C. V. Montano, OTR/L, OTRP has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for 16 years both internationally and in the United States. She began her career in Pediatrics opening a specialized full day experiential clinic for students with Multiple Disabilities, Autism and Learning Disabilities from ages 1.5-21 years in the Philippines, combining principles of A. Jean Ayres Sensory Integration Therapies with Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Mindworks Early Learning Center, The QTherapy Center) for 2 years until Red River Rehabilitation, Inc. in Oklahoma invited her to the United States to begin an outpatient Sensory Integration based center (The Rehab Center). While in Oklahoma, Dechantal had exposure to practice with Pediatric neurologic, orthopedic and genetic disorder populations in hospital and school-based therapies, Adult and Geriatric interventions (community, hospice and home retraining), mastered the Prospective Payment System (PPS) systems which included Medicaid reimbursement prior to being the Senior Occupational Therapist at Red River Rehabilitation.
In 2005, she was invited to come to New York City by RCM Health Care Services to initially be Senior Occupational Therapist for Pediatric, Educational and Turning 21 programs for Regional and District 75 schools in cooperation with NYCDOE, as well as become consultants to hospital- based Pediatric facilities (e.g. Maimonides Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center). Then she became the Associate Program Director at the International Academy of Hope (iHOPE), the first research based private school for students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Brain Based Disorders. Dechantal currently is the Clinical Rehabilitation Supervisor at RCM Health Care Services and RCM Treatment Center (PT, OT and SLP) in New York City which specialized in evaluation, assessment, measurement and case studies on Neurological Behavior Modification, Sensory Processing Modules and Training, and Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT, The Listening Program Provider by Advanced Brain Technologies), and has consulting partnerships alongside colleague Sara Naegele with schools and entities across New York City.
Her other professional experiences include publishing in the Advance for Occupational Therapy Magazine (2009: Collaboration and the Temp: A Love Story), Guest Lecturer for Evidence Based Practices at the NYC Charter Schools Conferences (2013: Execu-Sensory Basics and Application; 2012: Sensory Processing and the Learner), and consultancy with NYC schools for Execu-Sensory Application of the Brain, Body and Mind; Neuroplasticity for Unique Brains.
Dechantal is also well versed with School Function Assessments (SFA), Developmental Test of Visual Perception (DVPT-II), Bruininks-Oseretsky Motor Scales, Sensory Profiles (Winnie Dunn), Brain Gym, Feldenkrais Program (Awareness Through Movement), Modified Iyengar Yoga in Therapy-Base and Get Ready to Learn (modified), Visual-Vestibular Rehabilitation, The Irlen Method, Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Training, Joint Action Response System (JARS), Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS, Mayer-Johnson), Verbal Applied Behavior Analysis (V-ABA), DIR/Floortime Therapy, The Miller Method, and multiple AAC training experience. She can be emailed at Dechantal.Montano.OTRL@Gmail.com