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: Katie Cantrill
Occupation/Title: Occupational Therapist, OT Clinical Coordinator
Interests / Hobbies: Knitting, crafting and spending time outdoors with my family.
When did you start working at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California? In 2004.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist? To help others maximize their potential and independence.
Can you share a bit about what makes your job so rewarding? Seeing kids work through their injuries and barriers to regain function and return to things they love.
How would you describe a good day at work? Every day is different. A good day is a busy day where I can help my patients through their necessary therapy tasks and facilitate their engagement in tasks that are motivating and meaningful to them, whether it is tying their shoelaces one-handed, color without the use of fingers, or returning to their favorite hobby or sport.
What would you like the community to know about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California? We are here to help! We are patient centered and motivated to help children be the best they can be!
Thank you, Katie, for your helping our patients heal so they can continue on with the hobbies and tasks they enjoy!