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Connection is Everything

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

Repeat after me…

Connection is everything! ⁣

So many times I hear questions like: ⁣

  • How can I get my client to do X, Y, and Z in therapy. ⁣
  • I’m starting with a new client/ diagnosis I have never worked with before, what should I do first?⁣
  • My client doesn’t want to participate in therapy and I’m stuck on how to get them engaged⁣.

And my response is always the same. The first thing you need to address in therapy is that connection piece. You need to connect with your client (and caregiver/ family if they are involved in the client’s care). ⁣

You need to put all your amazing therapeutic information and most of all expectations aside. You need to take a step back and actually take the time to connect with your client. ⁣

Find out what makes them tick. What they like. What they don’t like. Sometimes this can take a few minutes, sometimes a few sessions, and sometimes this can take months. Be patient! ⁣

But by establishing that connection first and foremost, clients will be much more willing to participate in therapy and at least attempt the activities that you want them to do. That connection will also help guide you when working with a new client or unfamiliar diagnosis. ⁣

So when you find yourself stuck, not knowing what to do, start with connection. I promise it will make all the difference in the world. ⁣

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