What is it like to work with me?
Thanks for learning more about OT Time. I want to take some time to introduce myself and answer some of the questions you might have before your first appointment.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages and abilities to do the things they want to do, and need to do, through the use of therapeutic activities and equipment.
Some OTs work with older people, to help them remain independent, or to make the modifications which keep them in their home for longer. Or an OT might work with someone who has been injured to put them on the road to recovery.
I work with children and their parents so that the children can become as independent as possible in their everyday activities.
For young children, this includes eating, toileting, and for school age children, this expands to include their schooling: things like handwriting, and academic skills.
What are we trying to achieve?
We want your child to be able to participate in play, pre-school, school and home activities.
Sometimes that means working on their physical abilities, such as motor control, eye-hand coordination, body awareness and sensation. Sometimes it’s about their day to day living skills, such as eating, writing, going to the toilet, and interacting with other children. And other times we need to think about the physical space; their home and school environment.
We’re aiming to promote their independence and your peace of mind. Sometimes parents come to me concerned about their child’s development, and frustrated because they do not know what to do next. For me, it’s exciting to see this change for the better. I love it when I see parents connect with their child, and provide positive and practical support to overcome their difficulties.
How do we go about it?
We start with assessing how well your child can take care of themselves, can learn, and can play with others.
Then we talk through your priorities, and we set some goals. We come up with some practical changes that can help you and your child in your daily lives.
I often use play as the main way to help your child develop their skills.
How often do we meet?
We will come to an agreement about how this fits into your life. In general terms, I encourage parents to consider weekly sessions at first, so that we maintain some momentum. Otherwise, sometimes it takes longer to make progress and we can forget where we are up to!
We see the most improvement when we practice what we know. It’s important that the skills are practiced between sessions to embed the skills in everyday life.
What about working with other health professionals?
I work in partnership with you and your child. It’s also important that we work together with the other people that may be a part of your child’s life such as speech pathologists, doctors and teachers.