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: Trang Bui
Occupation/Title: Occupational Therapist
Interests / Hobbies: Running, bike rides with my family. I am currently training for the third marathon.
When did you start working at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California? October 2002.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist? Occupational Therapists can have a direct positive impact on enabling a child to overcome their disabilities and or limitations.
Can you share a bit about what makes your job so rewarding? I love seeing the kids accomplish a task that was nearly impossible from their perspective.
How would you describe a good day at work? When my kid ask to stay longer for therapy, I know my job is done!
What would you like the community to know about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California? We provide amazing pediatric care for patients with burns, spinal cord and orthopedic injuries. We have an amazing team of OTs/PTs helping patients achieve their independence.
Thank you, Trang ! You are making a difference in the lives of our patients and we appreciate you.