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West Campus

Phone: 832-227-1900
Fax: 832-227-1914


18200 Katy Freeway
WA 130
Houston, TX 77094

Darleen O'Brien, MA, OTR/L, C/NDT, NTMC

Occupational Therapist - Advanced Clinical Specialist


School Education Degree Year
Texas Woman's University Masters Masters of Art in Occupational Therapy 1997
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas Bachelors Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy 1988


Darleen has comprehensive experience of nearly 30 years as a pediatric occupational therapist with her entire practice devoted to children and their families. Her passion is for acquisition of their personal goals to maximize full potential in their activities of daily living.  She has practiced in a variety of settings which have included inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation, 0-3 years early childhood intervention program in home & school settings. 

She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses of prematurity, genetic disorders, hemiplegia, and quadriplegia, spasticity management, global developmental delay, hypotonia, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorders, and feeding therapy using a sensory motor approach for developmental delayed, picky eaters & problem feeders and autism spectrum disorders. 

As an Advanced Clinical Specialist she has additional trainings with special areas of interest including upper extremity serial casting for tone management, rehabilitation from inpatient to outpatient to regain their functional skills. As well as trained in providing nurturing touch massage techniques (infant massage) for gastrointestinal and developmental needs.

Certifications include Neurodevelopmental Treatment in the management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury. Certified Educator of Infant Massage & the Nurturing Touch & Neonatal Touch Massage Certification.


Organization Name Role
Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Member

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