giraffeTherapy Services

The Team

Laughing Giraffe Therapy (aka The Giraffe) was started by Occupational Therapist Aaron DeNardo in October of 2015. We offer individual and group occupational therapy services for children and families with a wide range of diagnoses including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD/ADHD and Learning Differences.

The Giraffe is centrally located in San Jose, CA near O’Connor Hospital, Valley Fair Mall and Santana Row and is easily accessible from Highways 280 and 880. We have plenty of off-street parking.

Description of Services

Direct Treatment Session – The therapist works/plays directly with your child to implement the treatment plan. Direct sessions are most commonly delivered weekly and have a duration of 1 hour, 50 minutes of which is used for direct treatment and 10 minutes of which is used for documentation. The frequency and duration can be modified for your child if needed.

Consultation Session – The therapist works with any member of your child's treatment team (parents, caregivers, teachers, physicians, therapists, ABA providers, etc.) to educate or coordinate any aspect of your child's plan of care. Consultation sessions can occur in person or via email/phone. The amount of time to complete this varies depending on the nature and focus of the consultation.

Written Projects – The therapist completes any written task related to your child's plan of care. This can include reports, plans of care, goal/progress updates, and other miscellaneous letters/documents. The amount of time to complete this varies depending on the nature of the project.

Clinical Observation/Assessment Session – The therapist works with you and your child to observe and/or complete standardized assessment(s) that will support you in better understanding your child's current level of functioning as well as need for services. For observations/assessments including a report, additional time will be required for scoring the assessments and completing the report.

The next section details the available options for this service.

Levels of Clinical Observation and Assessment

The length of time required to complete any given clinical observation or assessment depends on the comprehensiveness of the testing and the pace at which your child is able to participate. We are happy to guide you through the options and help you determine what is appropriate for your child.

Clinical Observation Without Report – The therapist will meet and observe/play with your child and discuss any concerns that you have. The therapist will discuss all clinical observations and recommendations with you at the end of the session. The therapist will not provide a written report. Estimated time range: 2+ hours.

Clinical Observation With Report – Same as above. In addition, the therapist will provide a written report of their clinical observations and recommendations. Estimated time range: 3-5 hours.

Standardized Assessment – In addition to completing clinical observations, the therapist will select (with your input) from a battery of standardized assessments, in order to more deeply explore your child's strengths and areas of concern. This may include assessments covering a wide range of sensory and motor domains. The assessment(s) will be scored and interpreted, and the results will be included in a written report. Duration may vary greatly based on the number of and complexity of the areas being assessed. Estimated time range: 4-10 hours.

Fee Schedule

Charges for all occupational therapy services at Laughing Giraffe Therapy are determined by using the base rate of $160 per hour (billed in 15 minute increments). This rate applies to direct and consultation/assessment services as well as all associated written projects, including reports, plans of care, and goal updates. Please ask any clarifying questions and coordinate directly with your therapist to determine which of these services are appropriate for your child throughout the progression of his/her therapy.

giraffeCommunity Services

In addition to providing therapeutic services to our kids and families, Laughing Giraffe Therapy offers various, on-going community-building activities.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Practice Group

The Laughing Giraffe NVC Practice Group meets via Zoom every Monday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and is open to all comers. Information, updates and announcements about this group can be found on the Laughing Giraffe Nonviolent Communication/Meditation Meetup page.

There is no charge for this group. An offering basket is placed out to receive donations to help cover operating costs.

Mixed-Level Yoga Class

The Laughing Giraffe offers free yoga classes on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. These are mixed-level, inclusive classes that are open to practitioners of all levels of experience. Information, updates and announcements about these group can be found on the Fourth Toe Yoga Facebook page. YOGA CLASSES ARE ON HOLD DURING THE PANDEMIC.

There is no charge for these groups.

Silent Meditation Group

Laughing Giraffe Therapy hosts a weekly, silent meditation group via Zoom. We gather on Wednesday mornings from 6:30 AM to 7:15 AM to sit together, followed by coffee/tea and connection time after. This group is open to meditators of all levels of experience. Information, updates and announcements about this group can be found on the Laughing Giraffe Nonviolent Communication/Meditation Meetup page.

There is no charge for this group. An offering basket is placed out to receive donations to help cover operating costs.

Community Drum Circle

Drum Circle

Laughing Giraffe Therapy hosts a community drum circle once a month. We aim to have it on the second Saturday each month but this sometimes fluctuates. The circle usually goes from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM but this sometimes fluctuates as well. Information, updates and announcements about the circle can be found on the Bay Area Drum Circle Meetup page. DRUM CIRCLE IS ON HOLD DURING THE PANDEMIC.

Drummers are welcome to stay as long or short as they want. The circle is open to all comers and no previous drumming experience is necessary to participate. If you have a drum and/or a chair please bring them but there are always extra drums and chairs to use. Drumming is known to have many beneficial effects. It is organizing, connecting, grounding, healing and fun.

There is no charge for this group. An offering basket is placed out to receive donations to help cover operating costs.