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Occupational Therapy Event

We returned for the 2nd event in our 5-part Caregiver Lifestyle series. On March 19, we welcomed Developmental Psychologist from Vejthani Hospital and founder of Unichild Clinic. Warinthorn Ramasoot and her colleague Dr. Chaithaya, provided an overview of their strategies and how caregivers can combine occupational therapy goals at home.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a paramedical health care treatment that assists people of all ages who are experiencing physical, sensory, or cognitive difficulties. OT can help them build skills, develop, and regain independence. Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a person’s emotional, social, and physical needs.

How many sessions?

Instead of considering it a session, consider making it a strategy built into daily life. You can have dedicated sessions throughout the day that focuses on a goal, but occupational therapy should be about building life skills and independence. Daily routine activities can be a moment for learning.

How long should each session be?

This will depend on your child’s attention span. Track how long your child can maintain focus. If they get frustrated or leave an activity, this will be your goal time to beat. It also helps to plan activities. Some activities will be longer than others. Don’t get frustrated if they cannot do not maintain attention for a long period of time. Encourage and motivate them with positive reinforcement, and over time; their attention span will increase.

 

Unichild Clinic

Do you still have questions? Please connect with the Unichild Clinic team. They post free information online, and you can also contact their therapists for support on creating your home-based treatment plan.
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Occupational Therapy Event

Following our physical therapy event, we organized an occupational therapy event for caregivers of children with rare diseases. The event was offered with translation services.

Unichild Developmental Clinic

Unichild Clinic Child Development Center is located in Bangkok, Thailand. They offer several services. By fate, we happened to move nearby. Nestled inside a neighborhood, the clinic felt child-centered even before walking in.

Their clinic includes:

rare disease occupational therapy

As you can see, they are a one-stop service for parents. I loved how they ended every session with our daughter by spending time with us as parents. The therapists reviewed what they did and then explained how we could continue the learning at home. This is what we wanted to share back to the rare disease community.

Occupational therapy strategies

Unichild’s occupational therapy program uses a multi-pronged approach. At home you should do the same. Instead of thinking it as one thing, consider it a toolbox of strategies. The aspects of your home OT program will need to focus on multiple areas.

A core aspect is developing upper body strength. As was mentioned in our Physical Therapy event, humans are designed to be upright. Supporting this provides stability and core muscle strength needed.

Other aspects include fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, oral motor skills, and visual perception. Simple activities these can be accomplished with are writing and creating activities where your child needs to cross the midline.

Finally, one of the most important aspects in our opinion is developing self-help skills. This means every routine activity you do for your child can be a learning experience: feedings, bathroom, changing clothes, bathing, brushing teeth, opening doors. and much more. Occupational therapy seeks to develop independent children.

Medicine adds days to lives, occupational therapy adds life to days. Embed occupational therapy strategies into your daily routine and learn how you can transform hoplessness into hope, change can't into can, and make the impossible - possible.

Occupational Therapy Event

For caregivers who could not attend or would like to review, please find the online occupational therapy workshop video. Please consider subscribing to our YouTube Channel. Every like, comment, and share is motivation for us to continue!

Thank you to our partners and sponsors for making this series possible!

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