Leah Van Antwerp, OTD, MS, OTR

Occupational Therapist
Brief info

Having a sibling with a disability, I grew up in the waiting room of therapy offices, listening and learning strategies and games used in therapy. When I saw the benefits after copying these same techniques at home, my passion and belief in utilizing therapy to help families thrive was born. Witnessing therapy from a family perspective inspired me to become an occupational therapist.

A Hoosier native, I completed my masters and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from Indiana University and a fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities at Riley Children’s Hospital. I have become especially interested in sensory processing challenges and have extensive experience assessing and addressing sensory processing needs. I enjoy incorporating yoga into my therapy, to teach children about the brain and to help them access and retain information. I am passionate about providing education, not only to the families I serve, but also to future therapy providers, as an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis’ School of Occupational Therapy.

I provide therapy in a client-driven, family-centered way that provides tools and takeaways for parents and children to use at home, where true change and learning takes place.

I have completed continuing education courses in reflex integration, child development, vestibular processing, advanced courses through the American Hippotherapy Association, and am a certified kids’ yoga instructor. I practice clinic-based, equine-assisted, and aquatic pediatric occupational therapy at several locations and serve as a guest lecturer in the Indiana University Occupational Therapy Department. I have more than six years of experience in working with children and their families through adaptive sports and occupational therapy, and have extensive experience providing sensory-based treatment.

When I am not helping families lead more peaceful, positive lives, I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking, hiking and supporting our local businesses and farms.

*Bachelor of  Science in Psychology

Purdue University ’14

*Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Indiana University ’16

*Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Indiana University ’17

*Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow

Indiana University ’17