In occupational therapy you want to work with the clients to make a task work for them, as they usually have their own techniques to efficiently adapt . The client is able to articulate how they think you could go about solving the issue they may be experiencing with a task. For an example I am working with a client on getting comfortable with typing and I have to listen to the individual to obtain the information to be able to understand the situation. Your client will have a rough idea for a solution to the task they are struggling with during their daily routine.
As a mentor I always listen and communicate with my mentees about possible solutions to their daily struggles. My mentees respond better and they are more trusting of my service if I am able to help them to understand they are my peer. I have a clients who are young adults and by me being close to their age I am able to get them to open up. The occupational therapist will get better and quicker results if the client guides them through the process to discovering a solution to their task. I spend most of my sessions just listening to my mentees then go home to figure out a solution.
I like to work with the mentees and I have discovered that the more I can help them feel like my partner the more information I am able to gather and help them to get the root of their challenge. The client knows what they want and what they need to function, so you need to actively listen and communicate so yo can help them feel comfortable and confident driving their chair or whatever the task may be.
My clients talk with me and work with me on the different strategies they want to try to attempt to solve their challenges. The mentees tell me their ideas on how to make their equipment function better for themselves because they are the ones working with the assimilative technology. If I have a teenager I like to work based on the the mentees ideas and allow them to articulate what they want through play to address any of their challenges. I literary let the child direct our sessions because the quicker we can solve a difficult task the quicker I am able to move on to their next goal. We as “professionals” in this must listen to our clients or we will have a difficult time trying to adapt something to work better for them. The more I am able to take my time and listen to the child the quicker I am able to tackling the task. As students in occupational therapy you are going to humble yourself and listen to the clients. You and I might have our degrees which allows us to work in our respective fields but we are not the experts of our clients, our clients are the experts.
Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children