Hi Paediatric OTs!
Joanna Caton: Occupational Therapist and Clinical Supervisor
I help therapists to feel confident and effective by getting crystal clear on the paediatric OT process.
Did I mention I love a good model of practice or framework? That's right! CONNECT TO GROW is actually a structure to guide your ongoing professional development and clinical practice.
If you are interested in learning how to work effectively with children and families as a paediatric OT please take a look at my resources and offerings. On this site you will find ;
Free blog posts and links to help you in your clinical work.
Online learning resources (coming soon).
Information on the CONNECT TO GROW FRAMEWORK and how this DIRECTLY relates to you and your healthy paediatric OT career.
Like you, I am an occupational therapist working with children and families. I believe OT can make a big impact on client's daily lives provided you are clear on what the OT role actually Is. I remember times when I felt overwhelmed, unsure of what I was supposed to be doing and confused about how to help my clients. In fact, at one stage I succumbed to burn-out and considered leaving OT altogether. My saving grace was a mentor who helped me find my purpose, play to my profession's strengths and enjoy the benefits of seeing the transformation in my clients lives. My mentor was not an OT- rather my work manager who also happened to have lived-experience of disability. He taught me to lean-in to what is ACTUALLY important in client's day to day lives and to LISTEN before jumping to conclusions. My hope is that you will also begin to embrace OT, feel clear on your purpose and be confident to add effective strategies to your therapy tool box.
Need a quick and easy way to explain your OT role?
"Occupational therapy is all about helping children to participate in their daily activities with satisfaction and greater independence. Activities and routines are also known as 'occupations' with some examples being: self-care, learning, play and leisure".
That is a super- short version. 99% of the time this is ALL you need to say. STOP trying to add complex layers and jargon in your explanations and instead- let our expertise in daily occupation shine through!