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What we do....

Step OuTside OT provides private Occupational Therapy interventions, small group therapy sessions, home school educational classes, inclusive community based nature enrichment classes and inclusive summer camps on a beautiful 2.5-acre private family owned ranch in Castaic, CA.  Little Oak Ranch features a 1+ acre permaculture food forest garden,  small duck pond, and edible plants for foraging. The outdoor space also offers opportunities to explore a variety of multi-sensory art mediums and loose parts play. The ranch includes interactions with farm animals such as ducks, chickens, goats, cats, and dogs. The ranch is home to beautiful large oak  trees that provide plenty of shade and opportunities to climb and swing. You will also find a rock wall, balance beams, a mud kitchen, various climbing structures, and an outdoor kitchen for for food exploration!   StepOuTside OT is now a proud vendor with Regional Center's Self-Determination program. Funds for those who qualify, may be used for inclusive enrichment classes and camps. Little Oak ranch venue is also a vendor for Blue Ridge Charter and ILead charter schools.

Who we are... 

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Jamie Cruz  OTR/L

Jamie is a sought-after licensed pediatric Occupational Therapist and founder of StepOutSide OT,  based in Castaic, CA. Jamie has worked in various settings, including school-based occupational therapy, early intervention, and clinic-based practice, for the last 17 years. She prides herself on using a child-led and strengths-based approach in order to establish a therapeutic relationship with not only the child but the entire family.  Jamie feels passionately about empowering caregivers and their children to be the best version of themselves. She has special interest in supporting mental health and wellness by using nature and social connection as therapeutic tools to achieve these goals.   

 

Jamie is certified in Ayres Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT) theory and intervention. She has clinical experience working with a variety of  neurodivergent children including those with  ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, Autism and sensory processing difficulties.  She has teamed up with Little Oak Ranch property owners to provide quality Occupational Therapy services and inclusive nature enrichment groups for the community. 

She and her husband have three children and have been homeschooling their children for the last 8 years in Santa Clarita Valley.  Jamie is actively involved in her church and home school community. She is a co-founder of a local OCD parent support group in Santa Clarita.  She enjoys camping, visiting national parks,  going to the beach, hiking, obstacle course races, cold plunges, saunas, coffee and traveling.

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Little Oak Ranch

We are a family with 2 young kids living on a beautiful 2-acre ranch in Castaic. We’ve always had the goal of living off the grid and having a sustainable life. We started by learning to grow veggies, create a food forest, build an earth house,  raise bees, chickens, ducks and goats! Our  journey is looking for, or remembering, the way  humans are supposed to live harmoniously with nature. We want to find like-minded people to join us, who share the strong belief of building a healthy community and environment for the younger generations.

Little Oak Ranch is a proud vendor for Blue Ridge Academy and iLead charter schools. 

Testimonials

"My kids love Ms Jamie. She makes learning so fun and she's very patient  with the kids. We are so glad we found her. My son's handwriting has improved some much since we started!"  

"Jamie has gone above and beyond for our family. She always has creative ideas and fun ways to use toys and objects in nature. We love coming to the ranch and exploring the garden. My child thrives in the outdoor setting and we see a big shift in his behavior at home" 

" Jamie has a way of quickly connecting with kids and getting them excited about trying new things. She is able to challenge my daughter in a way that has really improved her coordination but most importantly, her confidence."

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