9th November, 2017
My name is Krystal Iniguez and I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
A typical day for me at Headway Cambridgeshire starts with a morning debrief between staff and volunteers at Peterborough Hub in preparation for the hub services ahead. Here, we not only go over plans for sessions, but we also discuss the needs, goals, and considerations of individual clients. This information, then, enables us to tailor our approach throughout the day.
When clients start arriving, we routinely have time to talk to and catch up with how everyone is doing. This is where the fun and therapy really begin.
Once everyone is settled, the first session of the day usually breaks into a gardening session and a cognitive skills session. For the last few months I have taken on the cognitive life skills session with cooking. We spend one session a week brainstorming and planning what sort of meal we’d like to try, what ingredients and equipment we’d need for that meal, and how we can make the meal as nutritious as possible. I also like to check in once every few weeks on what cooking skills everyone would like to improve on, or which skills people have trouble with so that adjustments can be made to fit those needs and desires.
After this session, we have another break where we are able to catch up with clients and prepare for the creative session which follows. In this session we have challenged clients with tasks like creating a parachute for an egg drop to creating poems and artwork about their personal brain injury stories. Whether it’s assisting clients in finding words, or figuring out how to contribute to a build, I make myself available to clients to problem solve and support.
If you would like to make a referral to Occupational Therapy, please contact us at:
Nicola Howard – Senior Occupational Therapist
Tel: 01223 576 550
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”