A Chat With Our Occupational Therapist - Mary Moylan
April 7, 2017
This month, occupational therapists all over the country are being recognized for the important work they do. Today, we'd like to thank our own in-house Occupational Therapist Mary Moylan by sharing this Q&A.
Q: What is Occupational Therapy?
A: OT is a health and rehabilitation profession. Occupational Therapists are educated to work with people of all ages - in a variety of settings - who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and meaningful lives. The occupation aspect may be in the areas of school, work, self-care, play, and leisure.
How is OT Utilized at The House?
A: OT at The House focuses on helping our kids improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills that will, in turn, enhance their sense of accomplishment.
I'm able to look at a child in a holistic manner, evaluate his/her strengths and weaknesses, and determine the impact their skill levels are having on their performance in the classroom, and often, in life as a whole. Frequently, I utilize a treatment model that allows me to see a child on a developmental journey where they grow abilities and acquire skills over time as their physiological capacities increase.
Each child's pathway is unique, and interventions are based on a thorough understanding of typical development, and the impact of trauma, illness, and impairment on the individual's learning, play, and overall occupational performance.
Q: How Does OT Come Into Play With Other Forms of Treatment?
A: I work solo at The House in my role as an Occupational Therapist, but I am never alone in my treatment of a child. I work closely with the educational team for the child, and often, the full treatment team component. Sharing knowledge and learning from each other results in the best outcomes for a child.
Q: What is the Most Rewarding Part of OT?
I think the most rewarding moments are when, after months of working with a child to integrate their system, the child accomplishes a task and has a sense of wonderment on his face as he realizes what he just did. Pure and simple joy!
Q: What is Your Goal as an OT?
A: My goal is to enable the children I work with to participate successfully in the activities of everyday life: school, play, socialization, community, family.... this goal meshes perfectly with the mission of The House of the Good Shepherd: to provide care that changes children's lives.