The Children’s Center for Therapy and Learning is a unique multi-disciplinary private practice that utilizes a family centered team approach to help children to maximize their potentials. We design individualized programs, building upon each child’s strengths while conducting therapy in a quiet, personal environment. The Center offers a variety of therapies and programs that utilize the latest techniques and research to help children to feel successful and achieve their goals. All therapies are offered in the Center as well as at the child’s home, school or daycare center. Most private insurance is accepted. The Childern’s Center is an in network provider for Aetna and Humana, we are happy to assist families in billing insurances that we are not in network providers with.

Meet The Owner

    Steven Sanford, MOT/L received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 1993 and his Masters in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. After working in pediatrics in the Miami area for the last 16 years, he took over ownership of The Children’s Center in 2016. “I had been traveling to schools and homes all over Miami and felt it was time to have a Center based practice where I could implement more programs and provide a sensory integrative approach using more equipment. I was so blessed to have found this opportunity to take over such an incredible practice and join this team of amazing, dedicated therapists. Right time, right place!”

Brandy – Office Manager

Brandy is our bilingual queen of everything! If you call the center she will take care of you.

Nikki Wall – Occupational Therapist

Nikki is one of our tremendous OT’s! She is caring, creative and loves what she does. She has extensive experience working with children with ASD, SPD, Focus and Attention as well as school related issues such as handwriting and fine motor difficulties and much more. We love our Nikkers here at the Children’s Center!

Tracey Heldenmuth – Occupational Therapist

Tracey rounds out our OT team with years of experience working with conditions of all kinds. Her experience with SPD provides an invaluable resource to all of us at the Children’s Center.

Chelsea Mitchell – Speech Language Pathologist

Chelsea is our amazing Speech Therapist who has a tender loving touch with her clients and the knowledge to work with any diagnosis presented. The Children’s Center is lucky to have her. Ask around, you won’t find anyone better!

Rachel Cohen – Physical Therapist


Leighanne Hoskins – Educational Specialist

Leighanne provides one to one tutoring for all school related learning difficulties. She has extensive experience with reading issues including dyslexia. To find out more about her services call the center to discuss.

Ursula Martinez – Behavior Specialist



Client Testimonies

June 24, 2017
December 14, 2016
Dr. Netta Shaked, South Beach Psychologist
Joyce Herman reviewed Children’s Center for Therapy and Learning5 star
March 14
January 05, 2011
Posted by Sabrina My two year old son went to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my … to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my son’s delays! It takes a lot of confidence and courage to tell someone not to go with what a neurologist says…most people would have found a new SP. Thank you Dana for advocating for my son. The world needs more professionals like you who care more about the patient and less about the financial benefit.

August 10, 2009 Posted by One Mom “Our boys made great progress, the training you provided to us at the end as well as the feedback were really helpful. We would like to come back next year”
August 09, 2008 Posted by One Mom “My son made great progress and is thriving in his new class. At the end of last school year it was recommended that he start this school year with a shadow, but now thankfully that is not going to be necessary. He is functioning well in a typical classroom without any additional support.”

November 19, 2008 Posted by One Mom After originally starting my daughter with another therapy center (for her speech, or lack there of), I moved my daughter to Children’s Center for Therapy & Learning and couldn’t be happier with her progress. My daughter has been going to Children’s Center for just under a years time. The improvement we have seen is truly amazing. I have had parents at my daughters school approach me as well as her teacher to tell me how verbal she has become,how well her speech has improved etc…. The facility is always clean and inviting. The staff is professional and friendly.
August 28, 2008 Posted by One Mom “The changes in my child were tremendous. I received a call from my child’s school this year and I was so worried that they were going to say something bad like last year. They asked me what I did this summer and I told them about your camp, they now want to see if you can come to my son’s school to work with the other children”

February 08, 2007 Posted by One Mom “Children’s Center For Therapy & Learning … our 2-year-old was not talking at all and we have seen great progress since starting therapy here… a nice, spacious facility… a wonderful new therapy room has a great rock climbing wall and other exciting therapy tools… a warm loving …”?
April 07, 2005 Posted by One Mom “Professional, team-approach services for all of your needs. Speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, tutoring, behavior intervention, psychotherapy. Warm loving environment. Knowledgeable staff. We have seen incredible results with our children’s speech.”

March 23, 2004 Posted by One Mom Not doctor, but speech therapist. Excellent and reasonable.