World OT Day and a Personal Update

Today is World OT Day!

world OT day logo

http://www.wfot.org/

I’ll admit, I didn’t even know about this day until this year.  Why?  I had gotten really stuck in a small world of OT services in a clinical setting in Minnesota.  In the last year, I have left a traditional setting and set out on my own.  This gave me a chance to re-think “OT services.”  In doing this, I started to expand and learn more about OT in other places; I’ve learn about different educational background, theories and philosophies of care, practice models, and funding sources, and in the end I have come to much better understand of my profession. Thank You World OTs!

When I opened my private OT practice, I knew I wanted something more fulfilling as a career.  I wanted to get back to practicing OT in a way that really served families well.  I wrote about this journey in a previous post- read more here.

After a some time learning the ropes, I am keeping busy.  I have done 3 different speaking engagements this past few weeks to teachers, parents, and professionals.  I’ve started 3 new clients with dramatically different and unique needs, but all that I can meet with close collaboration with the families.  I’ve discharge several families that no longer need OT because the parents feel successful on their own now!

Even better, I feel like I have been fulfilling my goals of providing a better services to clients, and clients are telling me they appreciate the quality of service I give.

 

A few parent quotes from the last few weeks:

After offering to meet at a home with another service provide to collaborate more closely, “Would you really do that?  Thank you for being so helpful.”

After being told by OTs in two other settings that the child didn’t qualify, “Thank you for meeting with us.  I think my child can really benefit from working with you.”

A recent parent support group talk on executive function got this feedback:

  • “Thank you… it was the best explanation I have ever been given… I feel like it has given me some ways to help.”
  • “Excellent!”
  • “Specific and to the point.  Great for all groups.”
  • “Great resources”

A recent workshop on early brain development:

  • “Loved the hands on brain building.”
  • “Very clear you’ve done your research!”
Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net