OT Highlight -Adriana Sapio
It's OT week and we've asked some of our talented occupational therapists, why they do what they do and here's what Adriana Sapio said.
Why did you choose to become an occupational therapist?
I knew I always wanted to work with people in a health area but was tossing up between physiotherapy and dietetics. I went to an allied health information night where various professionals spoke about their disciplines. It was here that I first heard about ‘OT’ and it really drew me in. I was really intrigued by the range of factors that the OT can help support within the broad scope of practice. I particularly liked how it considered the person’s emotional well-being and cognitive functioning along with the physical aspects. The profession seemed to really look at the person’s ‘whole picture’ rather than small bits and pieces. It seemed to be more focussed on empowering people to help themselves, rather than simply helping people.
What area of practice do you work in?
Paediatrics. Recently I have been involved in further study to build upon my knowledge in working with children with vision impairments.
What has been most rewarding about being an OT?
Seeing families begin to feel confident in trying their own strategies with their children. It is great to start to see the shift from providing information and strategies initially, to then the parents feeling as though they have all the tools and information they need to take control and initiate new strategies.
What has been most challenging?
Sometimes it is hard for both parents and us to see really slow progress. However, with continued perseverance and practice we do eventually see growth.
At Can:Do 4Kids we offer services through individual and group-based therapy for children from birth to young adulthood.
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