Brandi Russell, OTR/L is blessed to live a life where she is able to leverage her professional knowledge in child development and personal experiences in raising children to help other families grow.
Brandi believes in empowering families by capitalizing on their interests, building upon their strengths, and giving them space to grow. Brandi works side by side parents as a coach--providing support, education, and guidance to grow confident and empowered parents who in-turn sprout happy and successful children.
Brandi has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy since 2002 after graduating from the University of Kansas. She is currently licensed in the state of Kansas, certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants.
Brandi is a home-grown entrepreneur...who is passionate about innovation, solving problems and creating something new to make the world a better place. Everything she knows about design, websites start-ups and entrepreneurship is through personal hands-on experience (and lots of YouTube videos and Googling).
Brandi is an entrepreneur to the core--a hustler, a doer. She has an innate drive to be productive 24/7 and is rarely seen sitting around doing nothing.
Brandi is the author of a children's storybook, Snooze, which was inspired by her own children's naptime defiance. She wrote the book to help other families with the often challenging nap-time routine.
Brandi has also co-authored and published a book with her children titled, We Love Grandma.
Brandi believes in the power of positive thinking. She is co-founder of KIDabracadabra, an organization that teaches children to be aware of their thoughts, how to change their thoughts, and the power of what their thoughts can create for them. When children are taught how to develop a positive attitude early in life, positive thinking becomes a habit. The word Abracadabra means, “I create what I speak.” What we speak is actually a result of our thoughts. We can choose to think positively or we can choose to think negatively. When we choose to think positive thoughts, it results in positive words which influence our actions and how we feel about ourselves, others, and how we feel about the world. Our stream of thoughts can be supportive using positive affirmations like, “I can do anything,” “I am creative,” or “I am awesome!” By using positive affirmations, children can make major shifts in how they see themselves. This elevates their self-confidence and empowers them to make good decisions.
KIDabracadabra kids have the magical tools to find happiness amidst life’s ups and downs. They realize they are unique with special attributes and talents that can make a difference in this world. KIDabracadabra kids realize they have the power to create the life they were meant to live. “If you want your life to be more magical, then all you have to do is change the way you are thinking!”
-Brandi and Allyson, founders of KIDabracadabra
Brandi is also the owner and co-CEO of Comfy Cup LLC, a business inspired by her son's unique invention. Brandi feels blessed to live a life where she gets to leverage her personal life experiences and unique creative talents to materialize products--helping families live better and have more fun. “In the case of the Comfy Cup, we just wanted to make sports safer and more enjoyable for boys one less distraction at a time,” says Co-CEO and head mom Brandi Russell. It is Brandi's hope that she can share her knowledge with other children who have great ideas or inventions that they want to share with the world.
Brandi is also the owner of Brussell Sprout Designs, a company created to support Brandi's many entrepreneurial ventures through the creation of websites, logos, and graphic design. Brandi has recently expanded her design abilities to provide creative services to her community. Her portfolio is available for viewing here.
Pediatric Occupational Therapists help children participate in the activities they need and want to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities that occupy their time (occupations). A child's occupations include: playing, learning, sleeping, eating, dressing, and toileting.
Occupational therapy starts with an evaluation to help the therapist understand your child's current abilities, interests, and strengths. This information is used to create personalized goals for your child. The next step is to develop a treatment plan that includes activities and exercises to help your child develop new skills as well as strategies to adapt/alter the environment to help your child achieve success.
Research has shown that children have the most succes when therapy happens regularly in the context of a familiar environment, with familiar people, doing activities that are intersting and meaningful to them.
Knowing this, the therapist will often train or coach caregivers how to implement strategies in a treatment plan within the the context of the child's daily routines so interventions occur frequently throughout the day.