Kids First Pediatric Therapy

A Family Focused Approach Through Therapeutic Relationships

Who We Are

Through therapeutic relationships we allow children to reach their full potential

Our Vision is to provide safe and effective therapeutic relationships through which children can learn to understand themselves and build the skills necessary for success

We are a pediatric occupational therapy clinic providing services for children from birth to age 18 in the Greater Vancouver Area, including Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, and Richmond. Our pediatric occupational therapists are registered providers through COTBC and CAOT. Kids First Pediatric Therapy is family and client-centered, where goals focus on what is important to the child and their family.

Guided by Sensory-Processing and Neurodevelopmental frameworks, current clientele consist primarily of children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety disorders, ADHD, and PTSD.

What We Do

We enable children to build and develop the necessary skills to be successful in their day to day life.


Motor planning and sequencing, coordination, strength, balance, reflex integration, mobility


Grasp/grip strength, printing, hand dominance, bimanual coordination, dexterity


Dressing, feeding, grooming, toileting


Attention and arousal level, visual processing, social interaction


Sensory processing and emotional regulation


Through assessment and intervention we foster community integration


At Kids First we will walk you through the steps and discuss your expectations to provide the ultimate care and treatment for your children. We provide assessment and intervention sessions, and help to facilitate community integration for your child.


Kids First provides schools and professionals services such as classroom observation, educational presentations and goal setting.


Deb Lightman B.Sc. Kin, M.Sc. OT

Deb has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University.

Marie Maratos  B.A. CYC, MOT

Marie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Occupational Therapy Degree from the University of British Columbia.

Sam Wade  B.A. Psych., M.Sc. OT

Sam received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria, and graduated from Queen’s University with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Winni Chou B.A. Psych., MOT

Winni received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from UBC. She is a supervised member of the RASP.

Lania Hazelman Office Administrator

Lania is the first friendly face you see when you walk in our door. She’s great with kids of all ages, is incredibly personable, and genuine. She keeps us all organized, warmly greets all clients and educates all prospective clients on our services. She also loves cats!


  • "I hit the jackpot with Kidsfirst Pediatric OT. Deb has answered so many questions for me, informed me about my daughter and has formed a wonderful bond with my child. I seriously don't know what I'd do without this place! If you need an OT this is the place to go!!!"

    Leanne C.
  • “Deb was the first person we hired to be part of our team and from the very beginning, she has been nothing but wonderful to our son. He has come a long way since she first started working with him. She has been instrumental in giving him the confidence he now has to be able to move, play and be safe. Without her, we wouldn't have known anything about spatial and body awareness or even sensory issues. She genuinely cares for her families - she not only helps our son, but the whole family and we are tremendously grateful for all she has done to help us on our journey. I highly recommend Deb to all new families looking for an OT.”

    Charmaine Mom of Jack
  • “Deb is an amazing occupational therapist and a wonderful support to our family in dealing with the difficulties and challenges we face on a daily basis. Our son has made significant progress with the assistance of Deb, which has given him the benefit of experiencing aspects of childhood he previously could not experience given his issues and challenges. Deb's professional and caring demeanor  toward our son make every visit an enjoyable yet therapeutic one. Deb has consistently gone over and above our expectations in an OT and she is such a valuable person in our lives. I honestly don’t know where we would be without her some days.”

    Michelle Lawson Parent
  • "My son absolutely LOVES going here. Everyone is super friendly and extremely welcoming. Every week my son can't wait to go to "Sam's house." Thanks for being awesome!!"

    Trish M.
  • “Having Deb on Team Noah these past 3 years has been AWESOME. The progress that he has made and the trust he has in Deb has been wonderful to witness. Also evident is the pride she takes in her work and the sheer delight on both their faces when our son masters a new skill or accomplishes a task. The support and advice we receive from Deb has been invaluable. Looking back we know we made the right choice for our child and as any parent knows…that’s a GREAT feeling.”

    Angel and Venice Parents
  • "Kids First is the best! From our intake to our weekly sessions, the team at Kids First have made the whole process seamless. We love Sam! His approach and personality could not be a better fit for our son."

    Carrie F.


778 379 5862

#184 – 5489 Byrne Road, Burnaby BC V5J 3J1