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: Stacey Foliente
Occupation/Title: Occupational Therapist
Interests / Hobbies: Running and Biking.
When did you start working at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California? In 2006.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist? I knew in high school. We had career day at school and I observed the OT’s and knew I wanted to help people regain their independence.
Can you share a bit about what makes your job so rewarding? I love to see the kids get excited that they can throw a football again or when they return to the hospital and they are excited to see you.
How would you describe a good day at work? I get to see all of my kids, have good sessions and they have some fun too!
What would you like the community to know about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California? We care about our patients and we love what we do!
Anything else you would like to share about your job? We use toys and games to get the patients back to moving as they used to before injury or surgery.
Thank you, Stacey! We are so grateful for the patience and care you provide your patients!