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: Pauline Ng
Occupation/Title: Occupational Therapist
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking/Medical Missions
When did you start working at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California? I started in the San Francisco location in 1989 and I moved with the hospital to Sacramento in 1997.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist? I wanted to be able to use my creativity to help others become more independent.
Can you share a bit about what makes your job so rewarding? I enjoy being able to help someone be able to do something they were not able to do before.
How would you describe a good day at work? A good day is when patients arrives on time and I am able to make improvements in their function.
What would you like the community to know about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California? We have an excellent pediatric hand surgery and therapy team.
Thank you, Pauline for your dedication to helping our patients!