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I am Deborah Herzog, OTR/L, CPRCS
the Occupational Therapist

I am an Occupational Therapist and the founder of St. Nicholas Children’s Therapies. I hold a National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy with emphasis in pediatrics and certification in primitive reflex clinical specialist.  Graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center. I have 29 years of experience. 6 years in schools with professional and personal experience working with children who struggle with reading, learning, sensory processing, social skills, anxiety, maladaptive behaviors, and self-regulation. While I treat and help remediate a wide range of neurodevelopmental diagnoses and disorders, my specialties are learning disabilities, Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, social skills, anxiety, and maladaptive behaviors, visual perceptual for reading, sensory processing, primitive reflexes, and development of the client’s sensory system for increasing abilities to take in and process new information.


 I have been on the faculty at Cleveland University in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and a presenter at area developmental groups.


Bam Kebede, COTA/L

I have 2 younger brothers and an older sister, so I understand the importance of family. I graduated from Cleveland University in Kansas City as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I have participated in fieldwork sites throughout school at St. Nicholas Children's Therapy and at Topeka Rehabilitation Hospital. I volunteer at my local church and help with the younger youth classes and in the nursery. My goal in life is to help those around me and in my community to live a meaningful and healthy life so that they can accomplish the goals they desire. 

Elizabeth Bechard, COTA/L

I grew up on a farm with my three younger siblings and wonderful parents near Clyde, KS. I always loved being a part of athletics, church, and community. After graduating from high school, I attended Cloud County, a community college 20 minutes from my hometown, and played volleyball.  After graduating from Cloud, I attended Benedictine College for another two years while still playing the sport I love. There, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology. Benedictine College is also where I met my husband, Ethan! We got married soon after graduating from Benedictine and now have a wonderful daughter named Sophie who we adore.  I graduated from Cleveland University - Kansas City where I received my occupational therapy assistant degree.  I work full-time as a COTA at a long-term care facility and work part-time for St. Nicholas Children’s Therapy. 


Neurodevelopment , Health, Movement, Wellbeing

St. Nicholas Children's Therapies embraces each child's unique and individual abilities. Each child's intervention plan is based on what is needed for success in activities of daily living, behaviors, and learning.  

A variety of approaches and evidenced-based interventions are utilized for optimal outcomes.

Approaches include:  Sensory, primitive reflexes, motor planning, timing, rhythm, visual perceptual, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination, and more.

Peer model for older children when available.

Let's navigate for your child's success! 


SNCT has Expertise and Advanced Training in:

  • Baby & Child Neurodevelopment

  • School Readiness

  • Social Skills Development

  • Self-Regulation

  • Zones of Regulation

  • Handwriting Without Tears

  • Primitive Reflexes

  • Executive Functioning

  • Sensory Processing

  • Motor Coordination

  • Fine Motor

  • Anxiety

  • Adapting Behaviors

  • Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia

  • Autism and ADHD

  • Visual Motor and Visual Perceptual

  • Vestibular

  • Brain Gym

  • Bal-A-Vis-X (Rhythmic balance, auditory, & vision skills)

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)

  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST) & Manual Therapies

  • Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)

  • IEP's & 504's

  • Health and wellness.

  • Healthy habits and healthy routines

  • Neuro Nutrition and Sleep Routines

  • Activities of Daily Living

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