Amber Chaves, OTR/L

If there's anything I feel strongly about it's that our children need more space and time to grow and play. They need slower routines and calmer settings and more time to immerse themselves in their creative worlds. (And so do we!) 

As a pediatric occupational therapist I take a holistic approach to therapeutic intervention. For children who are facing an obstacle in development or are unable to access what they need, I take into account the gestational period, their birth, the crucial first years of development, and the current functional level of the child in order to design an intervention plan that is both child-centered and addresses the underlying factors that impact their ability to play, learn, and grow. 

Join in my classes for community, workshops for parents and caregivers, or utilize my service offerings to help your family grow through more wonder and play. 

Work With Me

Community Classes

Tummy Time & Developmental Movement at Play Hollow  --> $149 - 4 week class series (UNMASKED)

For babies 6 weeks to rolling. Explore aspects of parent/caregiver bonding, vestibular system development, visual and auditory stimulation through gentle play and song, developmental patterns leading to sitting, and variations on tummy time that promote an integrated foundation for your child's brain function. This class will be unmasked for adults and babies. 

Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm

10/19, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09

Play Hollow 40 Front St Ballston Spa NY


Sensory and Social Play at Play Hollow --> via Play Hollow Class Pass

Children will have the opportunity to take part in social free play while engaging in sensory exploration.  Guided by Amber Chaves, OTR/L and Natalia Martinez MS, CCC-SLP, these early learners will be gently led to explore new textures, practice developing fine-motor skills, and use their emerging language to express their feelings, practice turn-taking, and share with their caregivers and friends.  This class is for children 15 months to 5 years old.

**Wednesdays and Fridays 11:15-11:45 am followed by open play**

Play Hollow 40 Front St Ballston Spa NY

About the Instructors

Amber Chaves is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with over 19 years of experience working with children and their families and a certified Babywearing Educator. As a mother of two and also owner of Sustainable Sundry and Organically OT, Amber's passionate about giving parents the information and tools they are seeking to empower themselves on their journey into parenthood. Building community and support is the guiding principle behind all of her services and class formats. 

Natalia Martinez is a bilingual (English-Spanish) speech-language pathologist with over 13 years experience working with children and their families.  As a proud mama of 2 and owner of Play Hollow, Natalia is committed to helping kiddos and their families thrive in their community.