Bizzy Bees offers different approach to therapy

Bizzy Bees offers different approach to therapy

Occupational therapist Chelsea Maziarz has opened Bizzy Bees Therapy LLC in Cumberland, specializing in pediatrics. (Breeze photo by Nicole Dotzenrod)

CUMBERLAND – The sights, sounds and smells of a traditional doctor’s office can be triggering to some children, sending them into a tailspin before the appointment begins.

Occupational therapist Chelsea Maziarz said her new pediatric therapy clinic in Cumberland will have the opposite feeling.

Bizzy Bees Therapy LLC is now open to patients at 30 Martin St., offering pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy services. The practice is located within the Berkeley Mill, a four-story building that’s been brought back to modern use.

Maziarz said the mill offers the perfect location for her practice, which specializes in pediatric sensory and play-based methods of therapy. The space is decorated with colorful murals and includes a group-play area and a variety of fun structures to be used during therapy sessions.

Having a son with complex medical needs, Maziarz said she wanted her practice to feel friendly, welcoming, and have the opposite feeling of a traditional clinic.

Through the pandemic, children in the community have struggled, and Maziarz said she struggled to secure services for her son. She developed a program called Mobile Milestones, a mobile outpatient clinic serving local children within their homes.

The program was very successful, she said, but caused them to realize the need for a clinic space to address the social and developmental skills that were severely impacted by the pandemic.

Her goal with Bizzy Bees is to provide “a safe haven for children to grow and learn.”

By using a play-based approach, Maziarz said children are more open to participating. Rather than sitting across from a client in a cold, clinical setting; children at Bizzy Bees will have the chance to build muscle mass by swinging on adaptable swings, climbing ropes and ladders, and even ziplining.

Bizzy Bees also plans to offer a variety of play-based therapeutic and wellness groups for children intended to build social, speech and motor skills.

“These programs help increase accessibility for clinicians, and for the same cost as a traditional co-pay,” she said. “It gives them the space to have their child under guidance, and also offers a space for kids ‘graduating’ from individual services.”

Maziarz said she has built a team of clinicians, each with a different specialty to bring to the table. The clinic already has a waiting list for clients.

For more information, visit www.bzbeestherapy.com, call 401-228-2186, or email care coordinator Samatha Mitchell at samantha.mitchell@bzbeestherapy.com.