Occupational therapy is defined as “the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of enhancing or enabling participation in roles, habits, and routines in the home, school, workplace, community, and other settings” (American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA], 2014, p. S1). It is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives.
I am Golda Aseniero, an Occupational Therapist. I have worked as an OT for 15 years in the United States of America. graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in the Philippines. I passed the Philippine OT boards in 1998. took the OT board for the US in Guam and made it in 2006. Most of my experience in the US involves working with patients in skilled nursing facilities and
I assisted living setting. Most of my clients in these settings are geriatric and mainly have physical disabilities that hinder the performance of activities of daily living. After an OT evaluation and proper discharge planning, my patient treatments may involve the provision of therapeutic exercises and activities, neuromuscular reeducation, functional mobility training, wheelchair positioning, ADL (activities of daily living) to be able to assist clients to restore function and attain a prior level of function or attain and/ or maintain the highest level of functional independence. Some of my clients in this setting belong to the memory care unit. am dementia capable trained. Aside from providing the aforementioned services, also provide patient and staff training on customized strategies to provide efficient management of clients with dementia.
I also had a couple of years of experience with young adults with mental health issues in other skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Whether there was a physical issue on top of the client’s mental condition, most of my treatment approach was providing self-care training, sometimes through the use of adapted equipment, and providing a schedule in performing self-care and room management tasks since most, if not all, of these clients had executive functioning concerns.
Three years ago, God opened another door as was seeking answers on how could understand my focus-challenged hyperactive son. While was hired to work with the elderly, I was also assigned to work with school kids from preschool through middle school. help kids play, improve their school performance, and aid their daily activities performed in school. I assist in the development of fine motor skills, improvement of eye-hand coordination/ visual perceptual skills, mastering basic life skills performed in a school setting, and learning positive behaviors and social skills by practicing how they manage frustration and anger as well as sensory issues. I also recommend or assist in acquiring special/ adaptive equipment to help build their independence in school.
God thought he would open another door while receiving counseling services through the Bridge of Hope last year. And because His way is not my way, became a member of this ministry to provide occupational therapy for adolescents, young adults, and middle-aged adults who are undergoing behavioral and psychosocial challenges. Together with these clients’ parents/guardians, provide assessments and assist in creating goals/ routines/ schedules custom to each of the individual’s needs to be able to safely and successfully function at home (school/ work) with their caregivers or independently. also perform home assessments, when necessary, to help with organization. Tips on self-regulation and strategies for the management of sensory issues in everyday living and routines are incorporated into goal planning.
I am truly blessed with the opportunity to help others in so many ways through my profession. Getting to where am right now as an Occupational Therapist is far from what imagined. Through God’s purpose, guidance, and persistence, He brought me to this, once, foreign land to open my eyes and be reborn in faith. He allowed me to go through circumstances only He alone could manage to make me deepen my relationship with Him as well as grow as a person, wife, mother, and servant. Sharing His word is my desire. It may be challenging to do so at times. However, take every opportunity to bless others, when given the chance, to speak about Jesus’ love and salvation.
I hope that may continue to serve the Lord through the skills He has blessed me with and that may be able to be the instrument He wants me to be to bring Him glory.
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