April is Occupational Therapy Month. It is a time for us to pause and recognize those special people who help children with physical challenges gain independence. We are delighted to introduce you to the extraordinary Occupational Therapy team at our Northern California Shriners Hospital. These are the individuals who work one-on-one with children so they can dress themselves, feed themselves, bathe themselves, use a computer, hold a pen and so much more. Sometimes it is the job of the occupational therapist to teach the child without hands how to button a shirt using prostheses. Our occupational therapists fit children with adaptive devices, engage patients in play to help them improve fine motor skills. With extensive experience in evaluating patient needs, our occupational therapists recognize that each child is unique, and they chart a course of care based on the individual needs of each patient. The individual paths may be different but the goal is always the same – help put children on the road to independence.
Name: LaTanya Burnett
Title: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Hobbies/Interests: Getting massages and finding the best spas.
When did you start working at Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California? July 1998
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist? Because I wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Can you share a bit about what makes your job so rewarding? What makes my job so rewarding is having patients come back and visit me, which lets me know that I have made an impact on their lives.
How would you describe a good day at work? A good day at work for me is when a patient of mine is able to independently do a task that he or she has been working on.
What would you like the community to know about Shriners Hospital For Children – Northern California? What makes Shriners so great is that we provide assistance to children in need regardless of their financial status. We see these kids from the time of their injury until they’re 21, so we become a part of these children’s lives.
Anything else you would like to share about your job? I love my job!
Thank you, LaTanya! You are making a difference in the lives of our patients and we appreciate you.