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: Carly Reynolds
Occupation/Title: Occupational Therapist
Interests / Hobbies: Running, Skiing
When did you start working at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California? 2007
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist? I loved the blend of psychology, child development, family dynamics, medical science, leisure and play all in one job. I also love how occupational therapists can work with all types of patients in different settings and across their life span.
Can you share a bit about what makes your job so rewarding? That moment when a patient who has said, “I can’t do that,” does “it.” I really love it when I use play, craft, sport, school work or some other daily occupation of the child to achieve the patient’s therapeutic goals. When both the patient and I are mindfully engaged in a meaningful task rather than focused on what is “wrong”…..that is when magic happens.
How would you describe a good day at work? A good day is when time flies by because I have been busy with patient care. A really good day is when the splints I make, fit well, during the first molding.
What would you like the community to know about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California? I would like the community to know that despite the large, commanding size of our physical hospital building, we are a tight-knit family of medical professionals who work in good coordination to provide care.
Thank you, Carly ! You are making a difference in the lives of our patients and we appreciate you.