Happy OT Week 2021

Happy OT Week 2021

Happy OT Week 2021

4th Nov 2021

What is OT? Occupational therapy takes a whole-person approach to both mental and physical health and wellbeing, enabling individuals to achieve their full potential to complete the activities (occupations) that matter to them.

This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, productivity (school) or leisure.

Occupational therapists find solutions to everyday problems. For example; advising on approaching a task differently, using equipment or assistive technology, adapting living or working environment, and finding strategies to reach chosen goals.

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An occupational therapist will consider all needs - physical, psychological, social and environmental. This support can make a real difference, giving a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way you feel about the future. 

Here are some of our patients who have had nothing but wonderful words to say about the OT team: 

Tommy 

"My son, Tommy, has been seeing the Occupational therapy team at Alder Hey since his burns accident in August 2020 and have been on the recovery journey with him ever since. During the first few extremely hard weeks of Tommy’s recovery, he needed a lot of help to start moving his body again. The Occupational therapy team worked alongside his Physiotherapist and helped him to start moving his limbs, sit up and stand up again. Tommy also needed various splints to aid his recovery. The splints were made for Tommy to stop his scars getting tighter which would then affect his ability to have full movement in his arms and legs.

"Tommy still regularly sees his amazing Occupational Therapist for check ups. They give him certain exercises to do and he still needs splints for his hand/wrist to ensure he doesn’t lose any movement. Any problems Tommy is having they will try their hardest to resolve. I don’t know what we would have done without them. Their care and hard work has been truly amazing, they have certainly been a huge part of Tommy’s journey."  

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Jude 

"Our son Jude is now 18 months old and he was diagnosed with a Rare genetic condition called Grin2b at 5 months old following genetic testing that was carried out at 13 weeks old when he developed Infantile Spasms known as West Syndrome a form of epilepsy. With Jude’s condition he has Epilepsy, Hypotonia, Cortical Visual Impairment, none verbal and development delay. Jude has been having Occupational therapy since he was 8 months old. Any type of therapy Jude has will help with his muscle tone and development so to have Community Occupational Therapy every 2 weeks at home is just brilliant.

"Louise Jude’s OT is absolutely amazing with him the sessions are tailored for Jude to helps his development, help him with his fine motor, cognitive and sensory processing skills like supporting his head, sitting and allowing him to feel and grab toys. All the therapy will allow him to improve skills at his own pace and allow him to explore and learn in his own time with the added support from Louise. After each session Jude is tired so we know he has worked hard and enjoyed it. Having the sessions also allows us as parents to know what type of therapy Is good for Jude and what we can do with him at home with his toys and equipment to encourage and build his development following guidance from Louise. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful OT."

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