Pediatrics and Family Wellness
Please note: If your child has a disability, I strongly urge you to find a pediatric occupational therapist first before working with me.
For parents of healthy children, my goal is to help you analyze your existing work and home schedules to improve ease, efficiency, and wellness. We will work towards managing the details in making and maintaining necessary healthy lifestyle changes in your life to improve your whole family’s wellbeing.
For parents of children who have a disability, my goal is the same. Arguably, it is even more important that you as a parent are able to maintain your own health and wellness during challenging and stressful situations. I will help you and your family incorporate the work that your child is doing with his/her pediatric occupational therapist in school or at a clinic into your healthy schedules. Your family plays a huge role in helping a child with a disability adapt to and prosper in life as he/she grows. Your family will learn to create habits and routines that promote healthy lifestyles, effective communication, and overall well-being to enhance your child's success in reaching his/her full potential in the home and community.
Ideally, I would like to work together with your child's pediatric occupational therapist to treat the entire family as a unit. From the pediatric occupational therapist, I gather information regarding your child’s strengths and limitations in the performance of his/her occupations, or daily meaningful activities, such as dressing, grooming, school, activities, social participation, and, of course, play. Contextual factors that make up the family unit, such as cultural values, communication strategies, emotional modulation, and existing family routines and habits, play a role in intervention planning.
It is important to realize that each family is different, so there is no cookie-cutter way to provide therapy to a family with a child who has a disability. Each treatment session will be personalized and family-centered.
Consistency and repetition is often key in working with children, so skills that are being worked on with the pediatric occupational therapist will also be included. Examples of such skills are:
- Independence in ADLs (e.g. dressing, grooming, toileting)
- Improved strength, balance, attention, and coordination for play and learning
- Improved play techniques that cultivate learning and social interaction
- Sleep habits and routines
- Sensory modulation
- Emotional modulation
- Behavior modulation
- Strategies to support successful learning
Parents and caregivers may also learn to cultivate the following skills to enhance their child’s wellbeing:
- Identifying family goals
- Creating realistic plans to reach goals
- Utilizing health and wellness principles
- Devising effective and creative problem solving techniques
- Creating activity and environmental modifications for their child
- Effective communication skills
Contact me today to begin the process of helping your family and your child live in the happiest and healthiest way possible.