A Day with an Occupational Therapist | EJ Leong | Curtin Graduate

A Day with an Occupational Therapist | EJ Leong | Curtin Graduate

October 20, 2019 3 By Stanley Isaacs


>>The function of an occupational
therapist is to create the opportunity for the individuals to achieve, or to
meet whatever goals or dreams that a person will want to achieve.
Hi my name is EJ and I’m a Therapy Team Leader here at Directions
Disability Support Services, I studied the Graduate Entrance Masters
of Occupational Therapy at Curtin University. I would normally come to work
at about nine o’clock. I’ll come in, grab myself with coffee, sit down and check my
emails and then I would go outside driving to my sessions. We’re on the way
to see Matt today. He is a 42 year old man who has a traumatic brain injury and
what we’re going to work on is to develop his independence living skills.>>”How’s Matt been the last few days?”>>”Fantastic”>>”Good. And how have you been?”>>”Yeah I’ve been good.”>>We work with people with physical disability,
mental, intellectual but we don’t focus on the person’s disability. Our aim is to
look at the person and then analyse their surrounding or their environment
and do whatever we can to maximise the person’s fullest potential.>>”Ready?”>>Ethan goes to school and he’s very different at school compared to how he
is at home. There are lots of different social skills that he needs to develop at school.>>”Do you like that feeling? I love it, too.”>>I was looking at the way he was moving and how
he would react towards what I was doing to him.>>”You know I’m doing, now.”>>And that just
provides some really rich information for me to go, “Okay so now I know this is
his profile and how can I modify the environment to make it easier for Ethan
to attend in class, attend at home.” For Azizah, today we were going to Cockburn Arc so that she can go to hydrotherapy with a physiotherapist. I
showed the support workers how to put the sling on Azizah.>>”Now we’re going down, it’s very quick.”>>”Okay.”>>And how we can
assist Azizah safely from her wheelchair to the change table onto the
sling and hoist and into the water. As an occupational therapist we work quite
intensively with the person. We also work with the person’s formal and informal
support, their family members, teachers, support workers. I have been in
disability support for almost three and a half years now and I love it. So I love
working across with different like people, with different disability,
different ages and that’s I suppose what motivates me to come to work every day.