Hello readers! Today I’m starting a new feature on my blog called “VideOT,” in which I will be featuring interesting news clips, therapy videos, interviews and other videos related to occupational therapy. I’m hoping that the VideOT feature will help people learn more about occupational therapy as it is experienced by different people, conducted by a variety of therapists and approached from many different angles.
Today’s video comes from the Love That Max blog, and it shows an autistic child named Max working with his occupational therapist to achieve several therapy goals. I love this video because it offers a wonderful depiction of pediatric occupational therapy in action – something that can be very hard to explain with just words. As Max’s mom writes in her blog post about the video, the therapy session helps Max work on fine and gross motor skills, verbalizing and other therapy goals all through therapeutic and imaginative play. As I’ve heard from multiple therapists, if it’s good pediatric OT, the child won’t even realize he’s in therapy and working hard – and that certainly seems to be the case in this video!
As a new occupational therapy student, this video provides a great example of the kinds of sessions I hope to have in the future. Max is having fun, improving skills and doing great therapy at the same time, and I hope I’ll be able to have treatment sessions as successful as this in a couple years! This video also provides a glimpse of what quality home-based OT sessions can look like, with a therapist incorporating the child’s own toys, furniture and other household items into the therapy session.
I hope you enjoy watching Max the firefighter engage in a great occupational therapy session, and you can follow more of his adventures at the Love That Max blog!