Occupational Therapy Services
*Occupational Therapy Services are covered by most insurance plans*
At Family Foundations Therapy we are dedicated to assisting you in finding the right support. We offer a free 15 minute discovery call to discuss what plan will best meet you and your family's needs.
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Breastfeeding Therapy Specialist (CBS)
Infant Feeding Specialist
Occupational Therapist (OTR, Reg. SK.)
Osteopathic Manual Therapy
(Manual Therapy/Body Work Specialist)
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Specialist (AOMT-C)
We help empower parents, families and individuals to address feeding difficulties and/or orofacial myofunctional disorders (abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, swallowing or speech) and enable them to be the best possible support for their infant, family and/or themselves by providing tools and strategies to address symptoms and concerns that are impacting their daily lives.
Janelle Daku, MSc.O.T. CEO/Founder
Janelle Daku completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2011. She began her career volunteering in Indonesia and providing lectures and resources to Surakarta Health Polytechnic. Upon returning to Canada she spent her next 9 years working with pediatric populations in a school based setting. She has extensive experience in numerous environments in Saskatoon, Calgary and San Diego California. Janelle's passion for supporting women during the transition to motherhood began when she herself became a mother. She is a single mother who experienced the gap in services in regards to maternal mental health, infant feeding and parenting supports. She completed additional education courses in women's health, perinatal health, postpartum health, breastfeeding and chest feeding support, sleep hygiene, and attachment/bonding, oral motor therapy, Osteopathic Manual Therapy, BodyTalk, Reiki and responsive parenting. She is a Beckman Oral Motor Therapist. She is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) which has an education equivalent to a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (AOMT-C), TOTs Trained provider, completing her Osteopathic Manual Therapy diploma, Reiki Training, BodyTalk Certification, meets the requirements for Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMHC), among other certifications or trainings such as perinatal loss and grief, pelvic function, tethered oral tissues (tongue and lip tie), torticollis specialization, Total Motion Release Specialist, Polyvagal theory assessment and intervention, Autism Specialist, attachment centered therapy and attachment and emotional regulation for children.
I reached out to Janelle for assistance with my 3 month old baby who was born with a posterior tongue tie. The tongue had been released but we were still experiencing some difficulties with low facial muscle tone and tightness in his body. Janelle gathered a thorough history of my concerns and observations and gave me a few options to have my baby assessed by her in person. I really appreciated the option of in home assessment especially due to the pandemic. Her in home assessment was also very thorough and I was incredibly impressed that the oral and feeding assessment was consistent with what I have seen recommended by those who specialize in tethered oral tissues. That alone gave me great confidence in her as it has previously been challenging to find adequate help with therapy post tongue tie release. She provided me a plan that was easy to follow and not overwhelming and I have already seen great improvement with consistency. Janelle was extremely supportive and relatable; I felt as though she was also there to support me in my goals for my baby. Her communication is excellent and she is extremely knowledgeable.
Janelle and the oral motor therapy she provides has been such a blessing on breastfeeding journey and my wellbeing as a new mom. My son had a tongue tie clipped shortly after he was born but I continued to have an excruciating latch. On top of that, he started to fuss, squirm, and cry through every feed. I saw family doctors, an ENT specialist, lactation consultants, a pediatric dentist, started him on an antacid for reflux, and at one point had to be treated for mastitis. I kept being told that “he had good range” and didn’t need any further clipping, but I knew something was wrong. I would go home after the appointments, cry through all the feeds and feel my hope for breastfeeding slip away. Little did I (and most of the specialists I saw) know, was that even though “there was good range” when they lifted his tongue and lip he still didn’t know how to use the muscles in and around his mouth to suck effectively. I would count down how many more times I had to feed him in the day because, quite honestly, I hated it. Not only was it painful, but I could see how frustrated my baby was when eating, and it broke my heart. When my son was 4.5 months old Janelle met with us for the first time and we started oral motor therapy under her guidance and support. I noticed a difference within weeks, and now, at 8 months old breastfeeding is that beautiful, bonding, relaxing time I had always envisioned it would be. My only regret is not starting it right away. Feeding no longer results in tears, frustration, and pain. Just a relaxed mama and a satisfied happy baby.
As an occupational therapist practitioner we have a unique skill set to address all aspects of the human being, including physical, emotional, psychological, occupational, environmental, social and spiritual aspects. ‘Occupation’ is defined as any activity that you perform in your day to day life, or anything that 'occupies' your times. We enable individuals across the lifespan by optimizing their abilities to perform activities that are meaningful to them
Individual or Group Sessions
In Home Sessions
In Clinic Sessions
Family support related to:
Oral motor muscle activation therapy/
Infant Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy,
Tethered oral tissue support
(pre and post tie release therapy; wound care)
Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Infant, Pediatrics, Pregnancy,
Infant and Pediatric services
Qualifications, Certifications, Professional Development
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Introduction to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Certification: COMT: Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist through Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT)
Certified Breastfeeding Specialist CBS® : Completed the 95+ hour Lactation Consulting training Program (LCTP) through LER; currently pursing pathway 1 Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Beckman Oral Motor® Certified
Feed the Peds (pursing completion)
TOTS Training® through Chrysalis Orofacial
Pre and Post Frenectomy Oral Motor and Full Body Therapy (with Michelle Emanuel)
Frenectomy Wound Care
Thesis: Strength of Evidence for Massage Techniques Applied to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Difficulties
Health Science education (including but not limited to):
Infant and child growth and development
Introduction to clinical research
Psychology, counseling skills and communication skills
Sociology and cultural sensitivity