For this week’s #LiveWellWednesday post we talked to Mikel Stone, Occupational Therapist. Let’s get to know Mikel a little better and the services she provides at Compass.
Mikel, tell us about what made you want to become an Occupational Therapist.
Occupational therapy is a helping profession and that is what initially drew me in. I love that we are a holistic profession that focuses on the whole individual, helping them gain or return to optimal functioning. I originally began in the occupational therapy profession as an occupational therapy assistant in 1992. I loved the field and helping clients so much, that I returned to Shawnee State University to become an occupational therapist.
What do you enjoy most about working at Compass Pediatric OT?
I have had a long time love of treating pediatric patients! Since joining Compass, I am so pleased to see their commitment to the community, but my greatest joy is in serving clients and working with the wonderful staff at Compass. As well as the opportunity to work with the mothers and children of The Counseling Center’s Stepping Stone Program.
What is most rewarding about working with children?
The most rewarding aspect of working with children is watching them progress and grow in the ability to perform the things that they need and want to do in a day, such as age appropriate self-care skills, participate more fully in social situations, or manage emotions, but the most rewarding is that we, as occupational therapy practitioners can use play with a purpose to develop those skills.
What challenges are families facing that Compass Pediatric OT can assist with?
Compass Pediatric OT can help families in a wide variety of ways, perhaps a family has a child that is having difficulty in meeting developmental milestones, such as age appropriate self-care, play, coordination or social-emotional development; evaluations can be performed to determine if a developmental problem exists, and can shed light onto why the child is experiencing delay. We then develop an individualized treatment plan with input from the parents to develop the most appropriate plan for the child.
What do you enjoy in your free time?
In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband, Larry and children, McKenzie, Lauren, and Parker, as well as my grand daughters, Laynie and Carver. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, and boating, anything outdoors actually, but family time is the best!
For more information about the Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program please contact our office at 740-351-7102.
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