Trauma-Informed Care – OTs role
In the United States, approximately five million children experience some form of a traumatic event. How do we define trauma? Trauma can be defined as the result of an event, series of events. Or a set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, and emotional, or spiritual well-being. Some traumatic events can include bullying, and unsafe/stable home environment, or a lifelong medical diagnosis. While trauma is an event that we experience, it then has a direct effect on our mind and body. Trauma can also impact sensory integration and can appear as changes in hygiene, delayed developmental progress. Also, difficulty with emotional regulation, or decreased school performance.
How can OT help?
By providing trauma-informed care, we can improve adherence to therapy and build stronger therapeutic relationships. We focus on meaningful activities to engage clients and use empathy to build their sense of self. When working with a client, they are our partner, not our patients. In addition, we provide autonomy, choices, and a safe space to express and explore emotions. Occupational Therapists consider a client in all aspects of their environment to ensure that the client is successful across all settings. We work closely with the child, family, healthcare providers, educators, and other therapy disciplines to ensure a continuum of care.
If you think your child would benefit from occupational therapy, please contact Sensory Solutions LLC to set up a time for an evaluation.
AOTA Continuing Education:
A Trauma-Informed Approach Distinct to Occupational Therapy:
The TIC-OT Model