Kanan Shah, M.S., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University in 2001, and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 2010.
Kanan has dedicated herself fully to the field of pediatric OT and has extensive experience serving infants, children, and families in diverse settings, including Level III neonatal intensive care units, pediatric acute-care and hospitals, early intervention, private practice, and school-based special education programs. She specializes in a multitude of modalities including but not limited to sensory integration and processing disorders, pediatric vestibular processing disorders, dysgraphia, fine-motor, sensory-motor, visual-perceptual, and ocular motor disorders, infant feeding, and developmental therapy, sound-based listening interventions, self-regulation programs, and executive functioning programs.
Kanan strongly believes in meticulously tailoring the right interventions for each child’s unique needs, and in engaging caregivers in the therapeutic process to best support the whole child – family unit. She uses a strengths-based approach and collaborates closely with other disciplines. Kanan is also a Certified Marma Therapist (vital energy points), and trained in coaching parents on infant massage modalities. She has a special interest and is trained in ayurvedic cooking, children’s yoga and meditation techniques to help restore balance and improve health outcomes. Additionally, she is an Orton Gillingham Associate Level Course graduate and is currently completing a post-graduate certificate program in Equity in Education at McDaniel College.
Kanan is fluent in English, Hindi, and Gujarati. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, fostering dogs, and spending time with her husband, daughters, and dog, Grace.