Welcoming Our New Occupational Therapist

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May Newsletter: Occupational Therapy with Christine Law

Occupational therapy is one of the sister sciences to Speech-Language Pathology. When we are able to collaborate, we become a dream team! If you haven’t yet read our Occupational Therapy and Telehealth blog, you should check it out!

To learn more about our occupational therapy services, we asked Christine to answer some frequently asked questions!

A little bit about Christine

Before we get to your burning questions, we’d love to share a little about Christine!

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Christine has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 10 years with experience in feeding, sensory integration, handwriting, self-regulation, social skills, and daily life skills.  She received her masters from The University of Southern California (USC) and continues to be a member of the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  While working with students with Autism spectrum disorder, attention difficulties, and learning and speech differences, Christine realized that she is passionate about parent education and collaboration. She has practiced occupational therapy with the US military and ex-pat community in America, Germany, and the Netherlands. Christine currently lives abroad and understands many of the joys and struggles of living and raising a child abroad.   As an ex-pat in Europe, Christine is excited to provide quality and comprehensive service to families both at home and abroad.

1. What inspired you to become an occupational therapist?

I’ve always wanted a career in special education services because I was fortunate enough to have occupational and speech therapy as a child.  All the adults who have helped me have impacted myself and my family in such a positive way. I truly like to think their patience and compassion inspired me to become an occupational therapist. 

2. What is something you are passionate about? – Disability advocacy???

Besides disability advocacy and awareness, I am passionate about universal access to education and health. 

Now, back to those FAQs…

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1. What do Occupational Therapists treat?

Occupational therapists collaborate and guide their clients to accomplish daily life activities necessary for the individual to successfully complete their routines and goals. These activities are not only restricted to the home but also at school and the community. For example, a toddler may need help with feeding because they have trouble using a spoon or don’t like eating their veggies. Kids at school may not be able to participate in class because they have trouble writing their notes.  OTs can help children in a variety of ways that can improve their overall performance in daily life tasks and ability to learn. 

2. What does a typical online occupational therapy session look like?

A typical OT session consists of a mixture of doing a virtual activity that may be physical (e. g. Simon says) or fine motor (writing activities or simple crafts).  The session also includes family education and coaching in real time using video during meals, errands, and play time. 

3. What are the advantages of online occupational therapy?

The benefit of online OT is that it provides flexibility and accessibility to our families abroad and/or families with busy schedules.  In addition, remote OTs are able to experience and guide parents through exercises or techniques in the natural environment without disrupting usual routines. 

4. My child already has an IEP but services have been reduced, how can you help?

Although an IEP is helpful, it only encompasses the child’s skills and abilities in the school environment. It doesn’t cover issues at home or in the community that may or may not impact the child’s well being and ability to learn.  Online OT can help educate families how to problem solve and focus on their child holistically.  In addition to providing quality individualized online sessions, I would be happy to communicate and collaborate with the school to ensure your child’s success. 

5. My child isn’t hitting developmental milestones, do you have any suggestions?

Besides checking in with your child’s primary health care provider, you can improve your child’s abilities by incorporating little changes during difficult routines (meal times, bath times, etc). For example,  if your child has difficulty putting pants on, you can help put one pant leg on together and then have your child try the next pant leg alone every night.  Parenthood is busy and it can be hard to carve out extra time to do exercises and whatnot.  These little adjustments in our schedule are easy to consistently implement in order to achieve these developmental milestones. 

If you have any additional questions about our occupational therapy services, head to our website for a free consultation!

We look forward to collaborating with Christine on upcoming blogs, so stay tuned! There’s plenty more to come.

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