Remarkable You Occupational Therapy – My ‘Why’

How Remarkable You Occupational Therapy started

This month marks 1 year since Remarkable You Occupational Therapy was born. It’s crazy to think about how much has happened over the past 12 months. Owning my own business was the furthest thing from my mind until 2021 brought an unexpected change to our family circumstances. The planning process progressed swiftly. As someone who struggles to make decisions quickly, this surprised me!

Motherhood- the early years

In the early years of Motherhood I sat in many waiting rooms. As a mother of a child with additional needs, I worried, felt alone, and overwhelmed. Upon receiving a new diagnosis I wondered where we fit in our new-found community. Over the past 8 years we have been on a learning journey and our therapy ‘family’ has evolved and changed dependant on our goals. We have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people who have helped shape our journey and we are grateful!

The experience of being a Mum and carer has shaped the kind of Occupational Therapist I want to be. I feel passionate about inclusion in the community, in particular for Neurodiverse families. I believe strongly in providing support for the whole family, not just the child in isolation. Personal experience drives my passion and is the foundation/ the ‘why’ behind what I do. Every family experience is different, but I feel privileged to share some common experiences with those I support.

The here and now

The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has brought with it some challenges, but also many opportunities. I have noticed a distinct increase in disability awareness and range of service offerings in the community (thank you Coles for introducing Quiet Hour!). Despite this, improvements and challenges continue to exist, but I celebrate the progression that allows families to gain support and feel less isolated.

As the director of Remarkable You Occupational Therapy, I am passionate about building a team who delivers services that truly support families, including parents and carers! We strive to listen and problem solve together because you are the ones doing the heavy lifting at home and you know your child best. We want to empower you to feel confident. Equipped with tools that will help make home-life feel a little more calm.

The best part of my job is seeing families flourish and children grow into their remarkable potential. As adults we already know it’s inside of them! However, sometimes it can be difficult for children to feel confident and comfortable when they experience challenges meeting the demands of their environment (eg, managing emotions in a busy shopping centre with loud noises and bright lights).

Knowledge is power. Once we understand the reasons behind the behaviours we can apply compassion. We can adjust the environment or the task. In the community the same can be applied. I hope to see a day when mainstream sports have extra staff who are trained and educated to more fully understand and support neurodivergent children so they have the opportunity to participate in their community just like their peers.

You are not alone!

As a parent I have experienced feelings of helplessness and isolation at times. Sound familiar? I promise you are not alone. There are so many wonderful resources available out there if you’re struggling. Don’t do this journey on your own. Find your therapy team, find others who can relate (be it online or in person) and know that everything will be ok, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.

In my own family we celebrate our children’s strengths. We strive to acknowledge and validate them when they experience challenges and together we learn in partnership. I am grateful for my family. They teach me so much every day. I am dedicating this space to them. My family are my ‘why’ and a big reason for being here today.

 

Photo of Shayla, the director of Remarkable You Occupational Therapy with her family.