Hand In Hand OTC is a private occupational therapy centre that provides family-centred occupational therapy services for local and overseas children aged 0- to 12-year and their families. With the vision that occupational therapy is beyond providing treatment in a therapy room, Jeanette Suen, Occupational Therapist, set up this centre in 1998. She believes in the involvement and support from the family in effecting positive changes in the children. It was the first of its kind when it was initially set up.
Back in the late 90s, the use of sensorimotor activities (e.g. swinging, climbing, crashing, etc.) in occupational therapy programmes was rare. Equipment for such activities (e.g. swings, high-density foam mats, crash cushions, etc.) was not available locally. As such equipment pieces are heavy and require regular maintenance, having local suppliers is deemed necessary. Jeanette, with the full support from her husband, Gregory, sourced local companies to make the equipment and to set up the therapy rooms as needed. Some of these companies have become home grown brands for sensorimotor equipment over the years.
In its first year, Jeanette worked as the sole therapist, seeing children mostly with autism. On seeing the needs of having a variety of therapy programmes to cater to the various needs of the children and families, she began to build a team of occupational therapists of like minds. To ensure quality services, she prefers to keep the team small so that there are plenty of opportunities for the team members to interact and learn from one another. Furthermore, she believes a therapist’s understanding of the local culture makes a major difference in the development and delivery of the intervention programmes. In all these years, she keeps the team to about five to six occupational therapists, preferably with local training and/or with local experience.
So as to enable and empower our clients to be successful in their jobs of daily living.