Sandra is an occupational therapist and certified CO-OP therapist that can help children and young adults old build strength and skills to achieve their goals.
Using the CO-OP evidence-based intervention, Sandra works on improving and strengthening fine and gross motor skills in younger clients to help them participate in activities of their choice. This may include being able to write, tie a shoelace or concentrate on tasks for longer periods of time.
“I really like that the CO-OP approach to working with clients is a top-down way of working. It places the client in charge of what they would like to achieve and how they would like to achieve it.”
“My skills as a therapist are used to guide and coach the client to achieve their goals. It’s actually really rewarding as the improvements can be seen very quickly. The child feels empowered and takes ownership of meeting their goals which is a great way to work.”
With a background in physical rehabilitation and falls prevention, Sandra offers a hands-on therapeutic approach to clients and can set up an exercise program so clients can continue working when she’s not there.
Sandra’s collaborative approach helps clients in many ways to overcome obstacles, particularly if people have developed a fear of doing something, like getting into a car because they’ve fallen before or using by public transport, by offering suggestions for how the intervention can take place and exploring new ways that build strength and confidence in clients.
This extends to the team around the client. Sandra often attends stakeholder meetings and checks in with support workers to help the client’s work continue when she’s not there.
Sandra is skilled in navigating clients with mental health issues or challenging behaviour and can apply risk management techniques to ensure they receive the OT and emotional wellbeing support during therapy.
Sandra can also help clients with prescription of aids and equipment (Assistive Technology).
Much of Sandra’s satisfaction in her profession comes from engaging and connecting people with their community and supporting people to explore their interests, gain independence or look for employment.
When she’s not with clients, Sandra is often working on her own motor skills, playing the piano for her next AMusA exam or training for a marathon.
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