Occupational Therapy Month 2018: Staff Spotlight
April 13, 2018
Specializing in work with children, our occupational therapy team helps families to understand how the child’s brain and body work together. When difficulties occur in this brain-body communication, behavioral or emotional challenges can result. The therapist works with the child to improve this relationship between mind and body in order to improve coordination, calm emotions, or improve other symptoms. The therapist also works with the family to learn how to cope with challenges and use strategies at home and school. Some of the therapies used include sensory integration therapy, feeding therapy, play therapy, rehabilitation, and Integrated Listening Systems (ILS). Our team will help you decide what therapy might be the best fit for your child.
I have been an occupational therapist for 9 years, and have focused my skills and interest in pediatric treatment for the last 5 years. Through intervention with children, it is so rewarding to use their primary occupation, play, to make functional changes in their lives. It is imperative to meet children where they are at both physically and emotionally and build on these skills. By working with a collaborative team at BRAINS, it is possible to all work together to make powerful and positive changes in the children we serve.
I enjoy working with children and empowering their parents to engage in activities at home to promote development across a variety of skills. Occupational therapy can work to address many foundational skills that children will build on for the rest of their lives, and it is rewarding work to be part of that process.
Building on the child’s interests and turning their ideas into functional treatment goals is so rewarding and fun! The kids are able to build a strong connection and rapport with me, and they engage in tasks that challenge all of their systems. Reflecting on the progress made in session and at home is powerful.
When I evaluate and treat a child, I always strive to look at the whole picture, and focus on the skills that the child and/or parents are reporting to be difficult. Engaging all of the child’s systems and having fun at the same time is a great way to make functional changes and improve lives!
Danielle Boog, MS OTR/L
Occupational Therapist at BRAINS
Join us in celebrating Occupational Therapy Month! BRAINS will be raising awareness for the profession all month long. Follow us at brainspotential.com and facebook.com/brainspotential for articles and resources on areas of occupational therapy and reasons why it’s the right treatment for you! Get to know the clinicians in BRAINS Occupational Therapy Department and their unique areas of interests and expertise.