At The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital a team of 15 occupational therapists work together encouraging patients to live life to its fullest. Finding ways to make everyday tasks easier, they inspire patients to find their independence.
Occupational therapists work with children and teenagers in inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient services, and in specialty programs throughout the Hospital. They offer a wide range of diagnostic and rehabilitation services, including cognition and visual-perception, fine motor skills, sensory processing, strengthening and conditioning, retraining of life skills, assistive technology and aquatic therapy.
Occupational therapists find meaningful and motivating factors that will enhance a patient’s rehabilitation process. Sensory processing issues and visual impairments are two of the many disorders therapists encounter with their patients. For example, patients with sensory processing issues might have difficulty processing loud noises or bright lights. Occupational therapists make environments suitable for these patients, allowing them to work on everyday activities.
“We provide developmental opportunities for our patients. This can be anything from adapting an item or environment to help a child participate, to fine-tuning play skills. We also work with patients on daily living skills such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and self-feeding and assist them with finding strategies to help regulate their sensory needs,” said Brittany Essaili, occupational therapist, The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
Whether it’s making tasks easier or developing strategies to help patients gain independence, occupational therapists are committed to their patient’s recovery process.
“As occupational therapists, it brings me joy to see a child learn how to thrive in their environment and utilize their abilities to the fullest potential. The smallest triumphs sometimes bring us the biggest joys,” said Essaili. “Seeing a child bring a toothbrush to his mouth without help, push a block through a shape sorter, or visually track an item might seem like simple tasks to some, but to a child and his occupational therapist this brings joy!”
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