As a Family Health Consultant, I work with moms, babies, and kids, to facilitate full participation in the day-to-day activities of their lives by helping them accommodate for whatever the current state of their physical, emotional and mental well being may be. This is achieved by increasing function, independence and meaning in people’s lives.
Children’s activities include: reaching developmental milestones, play, self care (eating, sleeping, dressing, grooming, bathing), academic tasks (handwriting, fine motor skills, attention/focus), and socializing.
I can evaluate a child’s strengths, as well as difficulties, in critical developmental areas and design interventions that promote the healthy development of skills needed for success with daily activities. I evaluate the environment, sensory processing, muscle functioning, positioning, coordination, and other areas when determining the cause of decreased skill. Once the cause is identified, I work on these underlying areas of need so that they improve the foundational skills, not just a “splinter” skill or a skill that is beneficial at this time and may not be beneficial in the future.
Having a solid foundation of skills allows for the development of self-confidence. Developing a skill and using it successfully encourages children to continually try new activities that expand their skills and build success, and being successful is the foundation for continued learning. Through meaningful activities and play, I facilitate the development of age-appropriate skills and instills this confidence in children to help them play, learn, and grow. When skill and strength cannot be developed or improved, I can offer creative solutions and alternatives for carrying out daily activities.
I work with babies, young children, and school aged kids, in collaboration with the child’s family, teachers, and other health professionals, in a clinic settings, and within the child’s home or school community, as well as in hospitals as needed. I am also delving into the world of women’s health, with a specific focus on pre/post natal health for moms and moms-to-be.