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Stand Up for Healthier Sitting

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Ilija Dimitrovsk, Lead Physical Therapist, LIH Olivia's Place Shenzhen

Ilija Dimitrovsk, Lead Physical Therapist, LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen

Nowadays our way of living is more passive than ever. There are lot professions which use various electronic devices to help and get the job done properly. This trend impacts even children in the classroom. But that also has a, negative influence’’ on our health condition. One of the most affected body parts with this so called, modern age disease’’ is the back. Sitting is the most common culprit. Long and incorrect sitting can create weakness in our muscles (back, abdominal, gluteal and leg muscles), poor peripheral blood circulation, poor lungs ventilation, … Less physical activities can certainly influence our body weight, and increased body weight leads to worsening symptoms. So people who are required to sit for long periods of time or in incorrect seating are more exposed to these problems.

When talking about children, we need to mention increased use of computers and tablets for school work, in their spare time, and during recreational activities. Parents should be aware that excessive time spent in incorrect body positions can be harmful for children. Long periods of sitting daily can cause decreased heart and brain function (slow circulation), improper lung ventilation, slow digestion, and obesity. Children who are sedentary for too long can experience posture problems like neck and shoulder strain and back problems including pain and weak muscles (scoliosis, kyphosis, loose abdominal muscles, low back pain). Parents should look at the posture of their children and if they notice some changes, consult a healthcare practitioner or PE teacher for advice. These problems are not harmless or irrelevant and can negatively influence a children’s growth and development. Spinal deformities, weak muscles, and childhood obesity can all be linked to a sedentary lifestyle that features too much time sitting.

We all should encourage our children to take breaks during long sitting periods and do some movement. Established advice is 30 to 60 minutes per day of some physical activity. That could be activities like walking, riding a bike, slow running, stretching exercises, walking up and down stairs, climbing up a slide instead of sliding down, swinging, crab walking, jumping jacks, skipping rope, etc. Swimming is also highly recommended. One great free resource for movement breaks at home or in the classroom is Go Noodle (www.gonoodle.com). Your child can also exercise while seated (stretching and breathing exercises).
Always check that your child is seated in the correct position, which means:
• Elevate feet from the floor at less than a 20° angle (books or cushions can be used for elevation)
• Lean back on the chair’s backrest
• Do not fold legs under bottom
• Do not hook shins and feet under the chair on which they are seated.

Adults often complain about back problems, which are typically neck or low back pain problems. With time, symptoms can worsen and pain can radiate all the way through a person’s arms and legs. That level of severity certainly reduces effectiveness in the workplace and quality of life in general. All around the world, employers and employees try to find the best models to organize their workplaces and activities to decrease that negative health influences’. There are two steps we can take to achieve that.

One is to adjust work environment and the other is to do a few exercises during worktime. If you are sitting a long time at work you should consider adjusting the height of your desk, the position and angle of your computer or other electronic device, and use accessories such as wrist or arm supports if it is necessary. When seated, lean your back fully on the backrest of the chair (back support part of the chair). Do not position your shins under the chair or sit on your bent legs; try to put your feet on a platform at a 15-20° angle with the floor, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

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Next are exercises. Performing physical exercises during the day helps to decrease symptoms, improve physical abilities, prevent possible future problems, and increase work efficiency. They can be performed in a chair at your desk, at the chair using it as a support, or simply stand up and do your exercises in a free space. Stretching is a main component of these exercises, then comes strength and endurance. You can stretch your upper or lower limbs, use some weight accessories for strength, and do as many repetitions as you can for endurance. Start with short duration, no/low weight, and fewer repetitions for start and then increase over time to avoid muscle inflammation, muscles spasms (higher muscle tone), fatigue, and pain.
We all should have regular physical activity, especially those of us who are sitting too long or in an inadequate way. In order to prevent pain, deformities, weakness, and poor work efficiency we can adjust our work space and exercise at work. However, before beginning any exercise at work, consider your present health condition. If you are currently experiencing pain or other symptoms, have a medical condition that could affect your physical abilities, or are just not “in shape, “ask for advice from a qualified healthcare professional or physical trainer first.


LIH Healthcare Graduates First Class from CARF-Supported Nursing Rehab Training Program

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“LIH has been doing the cutting edge things.”

– Dr. Kristen Mauk, Past President, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (US)

Graduate Class of 2016 LIH Healthcare Nursing Rehabilitation Training Program

Graduate Class of 2016 LIH Healthcare Nursing Rehabilitation Training Program

 

It was a special day on 18 June 2016 for a group of nurses as they came to say goodbye to their classmates and teacher on the last day of a special training program, the first CARF-supported nursing rehabilitation training program in China. Smiling and holding their certificates, graduates captured the memory in a traditional group photo.

 

The Moments of the first CARF-Supported Nursing Rehab. Training Program

Demonstration of transporting a patient by presenting a detailed breakdown of each caregiver’s role in this task.

Demonstration of transporting a patient by presenting a detailed breakdown of each caregiver’s role in this task.

On 5 June 2016, LIH Healthcare reached a new milestone by presenting the first CARF-supported Nursing Rehabilitation Training program. “Professionally designed and implemented, this new training program was introduced in early May and received many inquiries and interest from the nursing community all over China, from the first day registration opened,” said Michelle Wang and Shirley Gao of the LIH Healthcare Training Division.

It was the first time for the nursing community in China to experience a full-length nursing course offered by Dr. Kristen Mauk, the recent Past President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) of the United States. Many participants reflected on the final day that the training program provoked participants’ learning experience in various effective learning formats, such as case studies, group activities, skills demonstration, and real practice with equipment. Dr. Mauk also sees a great potential to deliver these types of training programs in the long run, to support more nursing professionals in China. “The collaboration with LIH has been great, they’ve been doing the ‘cutting edge’ things in China,” said Dr. Mauk.

 

“New, refreshing, and eye-opening learning experience”

-Miss Zhao, Training Participant, Class of 2016

Training program participants working on a case analysis in a multidisciplinary team setting.

Training program participants working on a case analysis in a multidisciplinary team setting.

With little emphasis on training for clinical teamwork, especially working in multi-disciplinary teams in their prior experience, training participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in rich learning formats such as group discussion, case studies about collaboration, and problem solving and presenting solutions based on real case scenarios. Two additional guest instructors, Peter Drzymala (Professional Practice Lead, Occupational Therapy) and Marla Blazer (Professional Practice Lead, Physical Therapy) of LIH Kunming SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital were invited to co-teach the class on a regular basis. Miss Zhao, one of the participants in the class, reflected that conversation with the guest therapists was an eye-opening experience and led her to believe in the importance of working with different disciplines to provide the best course of action for treating patients.

 

Therapists Peter Drzymala and Marla Blazer share their perspective during a group discussion.

Therapists Peter Drzymala and Marla Blazer share their perspective during a group discussion.

Throughout the course of the training program, the class was given tremendous opportunity to have hands-on learning experiences. Skill demonstration and practice of evidence-based rehabilitation techniques were heavily applied to strengthen participants’ learning experience. As one of the training participants recalled, “I’ve seen the mechanical lift all my life but have never been able to try it by myself, it never occurred to me that I should and now I know why I should.”

 

Training participants take a close look at catheterization equipment that has not been well introduced in the practice of Chinese nursing community.

Training participants take a close look at catheterization equipment that has not been well introduced in the practice of Chinese nursing community.

 “Elder mistreatment and abuse” scenarios assess participants’ ability to identify the signs of elder mistreatment and abuse and distinguish normal conduct from abnormal conduct.

“Elder mistreatment and abuse” scenarios assess participants’ ability to identify the signs of elder mistreatment and abuse and distinguish normal conduct from abnormal conduct.

 

Dr. Mauk provides instruction and explanation on use of a mechanical lift.

Dr. Mauk provides instruction and explanation on use of a mechanical lift.

Was it a Success?

When the program came to a close, the LIH Healthcare Training Division immediately conducted a comprehensive evaluation and analysis. According to Michelle Wang, Training Supervisor, the learning format was the highest participant rated aspect of the program. Though experienced in more passive and traditional learning methods through their former education, almost ALL of the training participants showed an extremely high level of adaption and preference toward the new learning method introduced, even those that seemed to be out of their comfort zone. “Participants seemed very eager to jump out, ask questions, and experience practice regardless of the language barrier…,” recalled Ms. Wang. This successful learning experience resulted in 97% of participants claiming that they are willing to participate in more locally-offered training similar to this one provided by LIH in the future and would offer their assistance if the training was scheduled in their local area.

What comes next?

Since early this year, LIH Healthcare has developed and offered a series of groundbreaking training programs as the leading rehabilitation healthcare provider in China. With successful completion of the first CARF-supported Nursing Rehabilitation Training Course Series, LIH Healthcare will continue to focus on providing state-of-art training programs featuring more series on general competency learning and practices, advanced learning for senior nurses, and CARF Standards and Accreditation for Rehabilitation Nurse Leadership.

For more information, contact Dr. Jie Zhang, Director, LIH Healthcare Traning Division, at jie.zhang@lih-healthcare.com


LIH Olivia’s Place PT Speaks at CARM Exercise Therapy Congress

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Marc 1The 14th annual Exercise Therapy Congress organized by the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (CARM) was held in Chengdu this year from July 16th – 17th. The 2-day conference saw speakers from all over China, the CARM leadership, as well as guest speakers from Canada and Germany present on the latest developments in the field of exercise therapy.

Marc 2Marc Innerhofer, LIH Olivia’s Place Physical Therapist (Beijing clinic) was invited by Du Qing (杜青), Director of the Rehabilitation Department at Shanghai Xin Hua hospital (上海新华医院), to deliver a talk on “Physical Therapy Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” as part of a sub-series of talks relating to the field of pediatric rehabilitation.

The presentation was well received by local therapists and health care professionals from all over the country. Among the attendees who were interested in learning more about therapy for children with autism was a delegation from Chengdu Xi Nan Children’s Hospital (成都西南儿童医院) (see photo below).

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Why We Ran for Baobei

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Written by Naomi Rinrose, Grade 3 Student (Daughter of Lis Ringrose, Physiotherapist & Chief Therapy Officer, LIH Healthcare)

Written by Naomi Rinrose, Grade 3 Student and daughter of Lis Ringrose, Physiotherapist & Chief Therapy Officer, LIH Healthcare

On Friday, 29th May, C-ban went out to the field. What is C-ban? C-ban is the bilingual program at Fudan Vanke Experimental School in Shanghai. Anyway, first to ninth grades all went to their stations.

naomi 3I am Naomi Ringrose and I am in the third grade of C-ban. It started to rain as soon as we stepped put onto the field but we still started running. It was the annual Baobei Walk-a-thon. What is the Baobei walk-a-thon? Every year C-ban gets sponsorship from family and friends to walk around the athletics track as many times as possible in 90 minutes. Last year was the first year and nobody was aware of how much money they were going to raise. Everyone ran hard again this year, although I stopped too many times at the rest station.

But enough about me! You may be asking, “Why did you all run in the rain? Why care about Baobei?” Well, because Baobei helps babies born with birth defects such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus. We are lucky that we weren’t born with birth defects like these and we feel sorry for the babies and want to help them. One upside of running in the rain was that it cooled us off. The downside was that it drenched us alongside the sweat. But we didn’t care about a little cold compared to the challenges the Baobei babies face. How about you? would you think the same?


Clinician Profile: Dr. Sophie Westwood, Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Sophie Westwood, Clinical Psychologist, LIH Olivia's Place Shanghai

Dr. Sophie Westwood, Clinical Psychologist, LIH Olivia’s Place Shanghai

Dr. Sophie Westwood is a Clinical Psychologist at LIH Olivia’s Place Shanghai.

Dr. Sophie Westwood is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the UK Health & Professions Care Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and Child and Young Person’s Faculty. Sophie has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a post-graduate certificate in evidence-based psychological treatments and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings with people of all ages. Sophie works at LIH-Olivia’s Place offering psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments, psychological therapies to children, and their families, and training and workshops to educators and health professionals. She speaks English.

 

How long have you been in China?

I moved to China with my husband in January 2015. We had visited China on holiday 10 years previously and although we enjoyed our vacation enormously, I had never imagined that we would be returning to live and work in China!

 

Why did you choose to work at LIH Olivia’s Place?

After an initial visit to LIH Olivia’s Place I was very impressed by the child-centered facilities and ethos of the company. I was particularly drawn to the mission of helping children and their families to access therapeutic input regardless of their financial circumstances, and I was welcomed into the role by a team of warm, supportive, and professional colleagues. I have since thoroughly enjoyed meeting children and families from all over the world and feel very privileged to be in a position to listen to their stories and work with them to facilitate change.

 

Why did you choose your field?

I began studying psychology when I was 16 years old and I enjoyed learning about how we can scientifically measure and understand human behavior. At university I volunteered with people with intellectual disability at an evening activities club whilst studying for my Psychology degree. I enjoyed supporting people to engage in games and activities that allowed both volunteers and club members to share their experiences and have fun together. I decided to follow my dad’s advice and choose a job that I would enjoy, and so I chose a career working with people, applying psychological theory help build a life that is meaningful for the individual.

 

What are some of the most rewarding experiences you have had in your chosen profession?

This is a really hard question as there are so many to choose from.

 

What’s your favorite thing about living in China and working at LIH Olivia’s Place?

The culture. I love living in a culture that is so different from the UK. Even though Shanghai is a very modern Chinese city, I love to see people eating their xiaolongbao, queueing up for steaming baozi on the street, and watch the washing being hung out from every window and on nearly every road whilst cycling to work.

 

At LIH Olivia’s Place I value being part of a working culture that is accepting of our cultural differences within the staff team and embraces the diverse skills, knowledge, and experience that each of my colleagues brings to the team. I feel very lucky to be working for a company that values evidence-based interventions and is working extremely hard to translate this into offering high-quality health care in China.

 

What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?

One of my life goals is to learn a second language (I’m afraid to say that even after 7 years of French at school I still can’t construct a sentence!) and so I hope that I will either still be living in China or perhaps South America or Spain. One of the most exciting things about being a clinical psychologist is that because there are so many ways in which we can work to support people experiencing a broad range of emotional and psychological difficulties I know that I will always be learning and challenging myself.


Taking Action to Prevent Sports Injuries

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Ilija Dimitrovsk, Lead Physical Therapist, LIH Olivia's Place Shenzhen

Ilija Dimitrovsk, Lead Physical Therapist, LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen

During the summer school break most children have  more time for activities beyond studying. Among them certainly are sport-related physical activities, which have many proven benefits. Nevertheless, there are some risks and injuries are not uncommon. Therefore, children, parents, and coaches need to pay attention to injury prevention.

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Experience shows to us that some things can be done to prevent unpleasant moments (injuries). First of all, young people, particluarly those over the age of 10, who are considering participation in sports activities need to do some self-evaluation. This means that he/she needs to check their present fitness condition;  a short running test (2 minutes running at regular speed) or climbing up and down stairs (30-40 stairs), several squats, jumps or similar will be enough to show present state. If a child cannot complete these basic tests than he/she need to improve him/her self before beginning sport-related activities. If those test show to you that you are in good shape, you are going to the next phase.

Before the sport activity:

Warming up is very important. A lot of sports experts around the world highlight the necessity of both warm up and cool down activities. Before every physical activity your body need some preparation. This preparation actually improves body functions (not only loco-motor but cardio, pulmonary ) and trains it for further physical activity. We can divide warm up into two types, static and dynamic.  If a child chooses a static warm-up, the streching, proprioception  ( routines including strength, balance, agility, coordination) and balance warm up should be done in one position with small movements.  Dynamic warm-ups include streching, proprioception , balance and plyometrics (designed for explosiveness, strength, and speed) with the certain amplitude of movements.

Plyometrics (“plyo” for short) used to be called “jump training.” It’s a technique that you can use in many different ways. For instance, you can do plyometrics to help train for basketball, volleyball, tennis, or any other activity that uses explosive movements. You’ll do a series of jumps and hops, like jump squats or one-leg hops. You might jump up and onto a box or bench, or jump over cones. Some moves will be faster than others. Proprioceptive training exercise routines  are designed to increase strength, balance, agility, coordination, and prevent sports injuries. Examples of good exercises are: streching hamstrings quadriceps, and pectoral muscles, standing on toes and heels alternately, semi-flexed knee balancing, standing on one leg, changing directions, and jumping on or over objects.

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During the Sport activity:

Now you can start the game. During  sport activities, if a child notices pain in the limbs, back, or chest,  or feeling of weakness, dizziness, or similiar, stop the activity and take a break. With sudden increased intensity of sport, some muscle imbalance may become evident. Strain on the growth plates can also lead to Osgood-Schlatter disease,  which can cause a painful lump below the kneecap in children and adolescents experiencing growth spurts during puberty. Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs most often in children who participate in sports that involve running, jumping and swift changes of direction — such as soccer, basketball, figure skating and ballet. While Osgood-Schlatter disease is more common in boys, the gender gap is narrowing as more girls become involved with sports.  If you child experiences pain or other symptoms, consult with a physical therapy or orthopedic physician. It is important to remember that hydration of the body is neccessary, especially in this summer months.

After Sport activities:

After sport play/game, cool down is next (not many people like it and do it). Experience shows that cool down helps the body to relax, calm down to the pre-activity level more easily, and certainly helps recovery after activities (fatigue, muscle inflammation, joint irritation). Exercises and duration are the same as in warm up, although there can be differences related to inflammation or pain and should be performed more carefully and slowly. Hydration and supplementation of the electrolytes needs to be done in the following hour to avoid dehydration.

 


Progress Update on LIH Rehab Hospital in Kunming

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Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital - East Side

Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital – East Side

Work continues to move forward on the renovations to 1st to 5th floors of the SkyCity building for the new LIH Healthcare hospital, Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital. A flurry of activity abounds everywhere. The projected date of completion for the renovations is August with subsequent decorative features and equipment being installed afterward.

General Manager George Wang has put together an energetic and dynamic team to develop and complete this challenging and demanding project. The management team, project staff, and clinical staff are excited and committed to bringing to the Yunnan region a facility at the forefront in providing exceptional rehabilitation care.

Xihui Song, Director of Nursing, Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital

Xihui Song, Director of Nursing, Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital

In May, we welcomed a valuable addition to our team, Xihui Song. Xihui Song is from Taiwan and became a nurse in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from Chung Shan Medical University and Master of Rehabilitation Counseling from National Changhua University of Education. She has 14 years of experience in Rehabilitation Nursing and Administrative Management and has provided professional development in Rehabilitation Nursing for five years in China. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Nursing Department at Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital.

Even at this early stage, Xihui Song’s team consists of 15 nurses. Her nursing staff will be participating in “The First Session of American Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Training Course” in Yunnan Province, hosted by Yunnan Association of Rehabilitation Medicine of China in June. The course will be led by Dr. K. Mauk, a world-wide leader in rehabilitation nursing. She has collaborated with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to incorporate CARF standards into her training to assist rehab nurses to understand their unique role in the interdisciplinary team.

Renovations of the 5th Floor Conference Area

Renovations of the 5th Floor Conference Area

Currently, four Allied Health Professionals have been specifically hired for Kunming – LIH Sky City Rehabilitation Hospital: Marla Balzer (Professional Practice Lead, Physical Therapy), Peter Drzymala (Professional Practice Lead, Occupational Therapy), Wang Yu (Physical Therapist), and Matt Puslecki (Physical Therapist). They are assisting the project team to set the new rehabilitation facility.  Recruitment continues and several more new allied health professionals are already scheduled to arrive in the summer and fall prior to the opening of the hospital.
 


Dr. Susan Cadzow Lectures at Beijing Medical Association Pediatrics Conference

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Susan 2 (2)Dr. Susan Cadzow, Director of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics for LIH Healthcare, attended the “2016 Beijing Medical Association Pediatrics Academic Conference held on 4 June in Beijing. She gave a lecture entitled “Best Practice for Assessing Children’s Developmental Problems: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach.”

Susan 1 (2)The conference attracted about 800 specialists, scholars, and medical staff. Dr. Cadzow’s lecture was included in a series of five parallel sessions. She specifically elaborated on developmental and behavioral pediatrics issues and shared her years of experience in multidisciplinary teamwork in this area with more than 100 pediatricians. At the end of the lecture, Dr. Susan Cadzow answered many questions from the audience, which won the praise of the pediatric doctors present.

Dr. Cadzow is a Behavioral/ Developmental and General Pediatrician from Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Pediatrics) in 2000. Dr. Cadzow completed her internship and residency at Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia and her specialist pediatric training at Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.

Dr. Cadzow has extensive clinical and teaching experience in the areas of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and general pediatric medicine in addition to leadership roles in multidisciplinary and interagency teams working with vulnerable and at risk children and families.

 


LIH Healthcare Announces Sponsorship of ACAPMR

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LIH Healthcare is delighted to officially announce a landmark sponsorship for the American Chinese Association for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACAPMR), a US-based nonprofit organization established in 2015 whose primary goal is to promote collaboration of health care providers in the US and China, and ultimately to achieve its mission of changing the landscape of rehabilitation in China by enhancing the healthcare delivery system and improving health outcomes and overall quality of life in China.

As a strong supporter and witness of  ACAPMR’s fast growth, LIH has become an official corporate sponsor of ACAPMR, providing its invaluable expertise as a leading rehabilitation service provider in China. Aligned with ACAPMR’s vision of bringing high quality rehabilitation resources to China through connecting top-notch Chinese American Rehabilitation communities in the US, LIH considers collaboration with ACAPMR a part of our ongoing commitment to serve as a resource hub to improve and expand rehabilitation services throughout China.

LIH is excited to be a recognized supporter of ACAPMR and we envision a powerful and enduring partnership that brings meaningful transformation of the rehabilitation industry in China.


Clinician Profile: Occupational Therapist Eva Ma

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Eva Ma, Occupational Therapist, celebrates Children's Day with Charissa, a former client

Eva Ma, Occupational Therapist, celebrates Children’s Day with Charissa, a former client

Eva Ma is an Occupational Therapist at LIH Olivia’s Place in Beijing.

Eva is an occupational therapist from the US, with more than 20 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy. She holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. Her extensive experience covers early childhood education programs for 3-5 year olds and services for pre-kindergarten through middle school children with disabilities. She has provided interventions in home and day care settings, as well as special education and general education classrooms. Eva has dedicated time to projects around the world for equipment fitting and provisions for children with physical disabilities. She speaks English and Cantonese.

 

 

 

How long have you been in China?

I have been in Beijing, China since August of 2015.

 

Why did you choose to work at LIH Olivia’s Place?

I was looking for a place to work and volunteer in a developing country.

 

Why did you choose your field?

I was on a student visa studying in America, I needed to study and become a professional, which would allow me to stay in America after graduation. I was inclined to go to a helping profession. I wanted to study in a field that I can help the whole person acros6s the life span. I came across the field of occupational therapy, which was one of the skills in need in America.

What are some of the most rewarding experiences you have had in your chose profession? I have worked with many different clients in different settings for almost 27 years. I have volunteered and worked in many developing countries. I am grateful that I have a long list of very rewarding experiences. It is priceless.

  • The ability to help a child with spinal bifida who was not able to walk to get a proper seating and mobility base so that he could sit up and be vertical.
  • A child who used to be scared of movement and looked at me with an attentive gaze as an expression of joy as he slid down a slide.
  • A set of parents reported that they could go out and dine in a restaurant as their child who has ASD tolerated the light and the sound.
  • An older man who could lift his arm actively as he was recovering from a stroke. Helping an older woman who has cerebral palsy to taste some ice cream after not being able to eat by mouth for many years.
  • I have taught seminars in North America. It was so exciting when fellow therapists wrote back and said that they tried what I taught them and it worked.

 

What’s your favorite thing about living in China?

I am learning to speak Mandarin Chinese and to practice writing both simplified and traditional Chinese. I get to emerge in this Chinese culture.

 

What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?

Doing the same thing I am doing… lying on the floor putting together 9-piece puzzle pieces with a 5-year-old kindergartener, pushing through an obstacle course on a scooter board with a 3-year-old preschooler, putting up the pony swing for a 10-year- old….  playing with children and making a good living.


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