PlayWorks is on the move! We are now a home-based and school-based OT service provider. We are still committed to providing quality pediatric Occupational Therapy services to special needs children and their families, but services are now provided in-home, or charter/private school.

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About the Owner

Anita Barnett, Owner of PlayWorks Occupational Therapy

My passion to help children with special needs was the driving factor toward seeking an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. The experience I received in my first job working with OT’s in a children’s treatment program confirmed my desire to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy, also at Texas Woman’s University.

My employment history included diverse settings starting in adult acute care and rehabilitation, before settling into my “first love”---working with special needs children (again). Over the last 20+ years, I have worked with the tiniest of babies in a large special care nursery in Dallas, to acute care at Fort Worth’s Children’s Hospital, and eventually with a number of outpatient clinic settings in Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, and most recently, Arizona. I have also had the opportunity to work with children in public and private schools, as well as home-based therapy.

I believe my depth of experience provides a foundation for providing comprehensive therapy----from the assessment phase to the provision of treatment services. My passion for children includes a commitment to partnering with parents and caregivers, as well as other health care providers and educators who are working with the child, to encourage collaboration for the best possible outcome for each child.

In my free-time, I enjoy entertaining and traveling with my husband—especially to Texas to visit our daughter who is married--as well as participating in local and international mission outreach opportunities, particularly to far-away lands in Africa.

Patient Testimonial

OT taught me how to calm down. I like the fun things you taught me. OT has helped me be a happier boy.

Terry, Age 9

Parent Testimonial

OT was the most important therapy in helping my son’s amazing healing progress with autism.

Mom of Luke, Age 12

Patient Testimonial

I hated to do any homework with handwriting—but after doing OT, I am even learning to write cursive and don’t mind handwriting.

Andrew, Age 12