Helping Children, Empowering Parents, Making a Difference
Sensory Pathways Occupational Therapy (SPOT) became a formalised business in 2018. The business grew out of the immense need for access to quality local pediatric occupational therapy within the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand.
Owner & Pediatric OT, Jamie Blank says ...
"During my time working in public health, my heart broke for families who didn’t qualify for services. I realised there was a group of children who were essentially falling through the cracks. They had some significant challenges but no accessibility to quality occupational therapy services."
Many of the children we work with have invisible needs e.g. sensory differences or anxieties that others might not see straight away. These challenges for some children can make daily life, especially in family or school, much more difficult.
The end goal is helping children and families live better lives. For example, a parent of a child with sensory sensitivities wants their child to enjoy a family BBQ without their child being overwhelmed and anxious. Or another parent wants their child with social differences to be able to successfully attend a birthday party. I provide tangible realistic solutions that are relevant to the child’s and family’s needs.
I take a holistic approach to occupational therapy where I try to understand all the different factors influencing the child. Things like routine, environment, and ways of communicating. Throughout my work, my goal is to honor the parent as the expert and empower them to help their child.
I love working with children wherever they feel most comfortable, in our clinic, their home or school.
Establishing safety, connection and engaging a child's social engagement system through fun play based therapeutic activity is essential.
Working with a child's parents or caregivers is essential to a child's success in therapy. I structure sessions to ensure that there are opportunities for parents to come and meet with me without their child to discuss their challenges, reflect on progress and problem solve together.
With parents, we work on things like co-regulation – meaning that when a parent feels calmer, they are better able to help their child become calm. I also focus on making changes to the daily routine to help a child navigate the day with better control.
We have a customised occupational therapy clinic in Raumati Beach which is set up to provide a fun engaging and safe place for children and young people to have their individual sessions. We also travel to local schools and client homes to provide support.