What is Occupational Therapy?
Skills for the job of living
Occupational therapy focuses on the ability of a person to do what they need and want to do.
For an infant or child, things they need or want to do may be learning to breastfeed, reaching for a toy, negotiating a conflict with a friend, or learning how to play checkers.
For parents, this may include learning to stay calm during parenting challenges, re-evaluating parenting priorities, and figuring out how to get dinner on the table!
When working towards changing things in order to achieve what you want to achieve as a mother, there are three areas that an OT will address: Who you are (or who your baby is: temperament, strengths, needs), Where you are (your environment: physical or emotional), and What you want to do (your occupation). When you are feeling like life is going well, these three areas overlap quite a bit.
Working with me may involve:
- Exploring your child's environment (e.g. setting up a calm sleep space, removing or reducing hazards, improving the air you breath);
- Exploring your child's activities (e.g. maybe they aren't quite ready for a parent-free drop-in, or perhaps the activity can be modified);
- Exploring your perspective (e.g. is this really important to me? Or can I look at it a different way?)
The Heart of the Matter:
Having our lives flowing well means that who we are (our temperament, our abilities, our strengths), where we are (our environment), and what we do are all aligned. When these things are not well aligned, changing one of them (ourselves,, our environment, or our activities) can make a big difference in how we feel. When it comes to babies and young children, I prefer to focus on changing their environment (which includes changing your knowledge and perspective on things!).
You may find a consultation helpful if:
- You want to explore your parenting strategies to get more satisfaction and joy out of the time you spend with your children;
- You want a developmental assessment of your child;
- You want to explore ways to adjust your home environment to better support your child's development.