As some you may already know, April is Occupational Therapy Month.
We’ve been so fortunate to have some amazing Occupational Therapists (OTs) help us along the way.
Six years after being born severely premature and hanging on to life.
If you’re a parent of a child with special/ complex needs, you’ll be familiar with this specialist therapy.
Before I had Brielle, my knowledge of OTs was quite limited to the adult hospital setting where I worked alongside them in the multidisciplinary team.
I really like this definition of occupational therapy:
‘Occupational therapy is the art and science of enabling engagement in everyday living, through occupation; of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being; and of enabling a just and inclusive society so that all people may participate to their potential in the daily occupations of life.’ (Townsend& Polatajko, 2013, p. 380).
I LOVE THAT!
OTs will explain that the term “occupation” means much more than a chosen career… for a child, they might have occupations as a school child, playmate and swimmer.
For us, for our precious girl, OTs have done much more than merely tick a box for early intervention or fill a gap in her educational program.
Yes, our OTs have done so much more…
They have helped Brielle to engage- with us, with others, with life.
They facilitated those early, feeble movements.
They provided suitable wedges and sleeping solutions for her in hospital and at home.
They have enabled her to play.
They have encouraged her communication.
They advised on oral motors activities, and encouraged me to make her blended diet.
They introduced her to the joy of swings and vestibular movement.
They have always focused on her strengths, and set goals to improve her weaknesses.
They advocated for the equipment she needed.
They enabled greater independence for her, in providing her wheelchair, rails, toilet supports and more.
They have educated us as parents, in SO many areas!
The list could go on and on! You can probably think of many ways your child’s OT has helped, too.
Thank you so much for your support, and belief in the children you serve!
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