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 great way to access occupational therapy services."
Many of the children we work with have invisible needs e.g. sensory sensitivities or anxiety 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 difficulties to be able to successfully attend a birthday party. So I provide tangible realistic solutions by providing access to knowledge as an OT in a way that is relevant to the child’s and family’s needs.
I take a very 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 honour the parent as the expert and empower them to help their child.
I love working with children in their homes! It’s powerful because the home is the real environment, especially when working with children and their families.
This model really helps me focus on the entire family. Working with a child's parents in sessions is so much more beneficial than a 1-hour session focused solely on the child.
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.
At present we are a home-based mobile OT service however we are looking to establish a clinic in future so we can offer treatments and group therapies in the community.