My Occupational Therapy practice, In Touch Kids and Families aims to get children and their families to be more ‘in touch’ with each other. Getting in touch with each other begins with the parents/caregivers first developing a greater understanding of the child’s unique needs.
The process of getting in touch may differ from one family to the next. As an Occupational Therapist I will strive to assist families to address what might be needed to support the child to develop their functional skills so they can go about their occupational roles and perform with greater ease. As is required, I will work with the family to help them to think about and analyse what is and isn’t working for themselves and their child.
In a sensitive and respectful manner I will help a family look at their behaviour and interactions with their child so that their efforts are more in line with or better matched to the child’s unique sensory profile and developmental needs.
All children are seen as individuals with their own personality and unique abilities. They all have the right to develop and grow in a safe and supportive environment with people who care and love them.
Each family is unique. Each family is to be respected and valued for their efforts, energy and commitment to their family’s emotional well-being and to providing a safe, loving and supportive environment for their children to grow and develop in.
In Touch Kids and Families
- aims to provide an Occupational Therapy service that is sensitive and caring, has integrity, listens to, understands and strives to meet the needs of the whole family, and creates an atmosphere conducive to the family’s emotional well-being
- believes that for a child to blossom, develop and learn, they need to feel safe and settled, and the experience has to have some relevance or meaning to them and be fun or pleasurable
- aims to provide an environment where the child can feel safe, settled and supported whilst they engage in fun activities or interactions with another person; but which also presents the ‘just right’ level of challenge for that child
- will value and respect the efforts made by the child and their family within therapy as well as acknowledge their feelings. As is appropriate, positive feedback will be given to the child and family member(s), so they have the opportunity to think about how they could adapt or change their interactions and/or agenda for a different or better outcome
- values new ideas and will allow children to explore their ideas providing they are safe. Children need to be allowed to try out their ideas, to see if they work or do not work. If the idea doesn’t work, it is not considered a failure but instead an opportunity to work on shared problem solving and developing aspects of praxis by analysing why it didn’t work and what needs to be changed or adapted.