April is Occupational Therapy Month!

By: Maureen Karwowski, OT

Photo by Carl Jaloweic
Photo by Carl Jaloweic

I am so lucky to work in a profession that I feel so passionate about and enjoy so much.  Occupational therapists help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do.  Occupational therapists use everyday activities, a holistic and customized approach to treatment to assist children gain skills to become as independent as possible.  I see children of a variety of ages, and with a variety of challenges.

Here is what my clients and their parents told me occupational therapy is helping them to do:

  • I am learning to use my right hand better.  I learned how to put on my coat, pants, shoes and socks.  I am learning to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and carry a tray of food like in the school cafeteria.    Max, 14 years old.
  • I am learning to keep my body in the “green zone” so I don’t fall so much when I run around. Jack, 5 years old.
  • I am trying to get stronger in my arms so I can play games like 4 square, and climb the monkey bars during recess. I used to be afraid to do things where my feet were off the ground, like climb on the risers in music class.  I am not scared anymore.  Faith, 8 years old.IMG_0478-ANIMATION
  • OT is helping us figure out what will calm my daughter…she is very sensitive to noises, touch and is cautious with anything new. It is fun to see her personality come out now that she is getting more confident.  Mother of Abby, (4 years old).
  • My favorite game is “super hero training” where I practice climbing and jumping without falling and not too fast. I am working on my handwriting for school too.  Max, 6 years old.
  • In OT I work on jumping, swinging, and climbing. After that we sit at the table and work on buttons, and tying my shoes.  I want to tie my cleats for baseball.  Justin, 8 years old.
  • Andrew has been in OT since he was 2 years old. He is learning to engage with people better.  It has also helped him be less sensitive to sounds and textures.  The OT’s have worked with us on strategies for at home for so many things that were a struggle.   Haircuts, hair washing, bedtime, family parties, and church just to name a few.  Mother of Andrew, 12 years old. 
  • My daughter used to be on the go all the time before she was in OT. She was always moving around, climbing on chairs and jumping.  Going out in public was so stressful.  Now she is getting better at regulating herself.  I have learned what sensory input she needs every single day in order to be calm.  Mother of Rachel, (4 years old). 

Thank you for these great quotes!

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