There are three main ways that we help people of all ages to achieve their goals.
I’m Veronica, a paediatric occupational therapist here at My Way. I am originally from WA but have lived in New Zealand for the past seven years before returning home to Perth. I studied Occupational Therapy for four years at Edith Cowan University and majored in paediatrics and mental health. However, I’ve worked with all ages, including adults and the elderly. I’d like to introduce you to our Occupational Therapy Department here at My Way.
The My Way Occupational Therapy department works with people of all ages. From early childhood, school-age children, teenagers, and adults up to 65 years.
We work with people who are experiencing a range of different challenges. They might have a physical disability, a mental health challenge and even a psychosocial issue.
Here at My Way, we start by having an initial assessment with a client, where we meet them for a big chat to get to know them. We find out about their strengths and challenges.
From this, we move on to some collaborative goal-setting. The My Way occupational therapy approach is very person-centred. We work closely with the client and their family. For example, if it’s a paediatric case, we want to know what is essential to the parents or caregivers.
This process helps us discover what is important and meaningful in the client’s life. We aim to discover achievable and relatable goals for them in therapy.
How long a session lasts varies according to the age of the client. They often last 45 minutes to an hour. Initially, they might be a bit longer so that we can engage with the client. Every session changes depending on the person and their goals. For a child, that might look like working on handwriting skills, or it might look like creating a safe sensory corner for them if they’re having difficulties with their sensory modulation. In the case of an adult, perhaps somebody who’s had a stroke, that might look like working with some adaptive equipment to get them back to their routine daily activities.
My Way is unique because we recruit people from various cultural backgrounds. Our clients also come from many different cultural backgrounds. We also work with interpreters, which allows us to deliver quality Occupational Therapy services to people regardless of their language.
We regularly review progress to ensure that the client and their caregivers feel that meaningful progress is being made toward their goals.