Each Child Is A Miracle, Each Relationship Is A Miracle Times Two
Like most people, I didn’t wake up one morning and choose my professional philosophy. It evolved over time and is woven from numerous strands including my education, training with incredible mentors, my hands-on experience working with children and their families, and more.
My foundation-beliefs about healing, helping, and happiness also inform my approach to occupational therapy and my approach to life. I’d like to share a few of these beliefs.
Some of the most important lessons for me over the years have been my own observations about how a creative, flexible approach to occupational therapy can be used to effectively help the whole person.
Although at Thrive Occupational Therapy I do specialize in helping children with behavioral challenges, I find that academic, social, and physical challenges must also be addressed.
My approach to occupational therapy is based on my belief in the importance of relationships. Relationships are key to healing because dysfunction never occurs in a vacuum. Each child is unique and each parent-child relationship is unique. Add in siblings, friends, and teachers to the mix and voila! you’ve got complex and dynamic relationships.
In therapy, the child-therapist, parent-therapist, and parent-child relationships are pivotal. Trust and understanding are vital.
Healthy relationships, in therapy and elsewhere, require a willingness to communicate. So many moms (and dads, too) have told me of their frustration with the lack of communication they’ve experienced when working with some professionals.
At Thrive Occupational Therapy, my team and I are committed to communicating throughout each child’s therapy process by using the following four pillars of communication:
♥ Developing a broad and deep understanding of what each child’s issues are by evaluating and listening to each parent, and each child.
♥ Sharing my findings with each parent, and where age-maturity appropriate, the child.
♥ Outlining clearly defined short-term and long-term goals and objectives and sharing goals, objectives, and recommendations with each parent, and in appropriate cases, the child.
♥ Getting feedback from each parent and child, and teachers when appropriate, and being responsive to this feedback.