It’s all about me… or is it?
Meet Occupational Therapist Deanna, in Glen Innes
I’m Deanna Williamson. I am an Occupational Therapist and owner of OT Time Kids Therapy. I am also a registered Medicare and NDIS provider.
As an OT I’ve worked with people of all ages, but the majority of my 15 year career has been working with kids and their families.
Occupational Therapists like me focus on children’s ‘occupations’ or what they occupy themselves with every day. For young children, this includes things like eating, toileting, and play. For school age children, this expands to include their schooling: things like handwriting, and academic skills.
Some say I work with kids because we get to play with all the cool toys. What can I say? I’ve always been keen to get amongst the fun!
But the truth is, as my career developed, I became more and more passionate about parenting.
Every day I see parents trying their best.
Every day I see children responding to what happens at home.
And as a parent myself, I know that what happens at home is vastly more influential than what happens in a one-hour appointment each week.
For this reason, families are very involved in each therapy session. We turn off our mobile phones, we shut the door and we are totally present with your child.
I don’t dictate what we will do and when. It’s not all about me. I need to work alongside you and your child so that we figure it out together.
If you could wave a magic wand, what would you want to be different?
But because it’s not just about you, I’ll also be asking what your child wants too. What do they want to be able to do? Often, we don’t think to ask. But don’t worry, we will!
Together, we’ll figure out our goals. And then we’ll decide on a plan of action- the things we need to do to reach your goal. Small, practical steps which take us in the right direction. And we’ll identify a point when we’ll come together and take stock, check progress, refine our plan.
It’s a practical approach to problem solving which parents and children can apply to all sorts of challenges. As I often work with children with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and coordination disorders, I know it can be a rewarding, empowering approach. It allows children and their parents to identify and tackle what is most important to them.
The good news is that once you and your child become familiar with the process of deciding what you want, and how you’re going to get there, there’s no stopping you. Before long you’ll be telling me what is next, and what you are going to do about it.
I feel blessed to be allowed into the private world of each family and be able to make a positive contribution to their everyday lives and the way children feel about themselves. Thank you for getting in touch with OT Time Kids Therapy.