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Celebrating occupational therapy at Shriners for Children Medical Center

Austrian-American Council West donates $13,000 to purchase new equipment

Celebrating occupational therapy at Shriners for Children Medical Center

Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that help children function and socialize.

Pediatric occupational therapists help children perform daily activities they may find challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor and environmental issues.

Just in time for Occupational Therapy Month, it was our sincere pleasure to honor the Austrian-American Council West at a luncheon recognizing their donation of the SaeboReJoyce upper extremity rehabilitation workstation for the rehabilitation center at Shriners for Children Medical Center.

The SaeboReJoyce is designed for patients with orthopaedic and neurologic conditions who exhibit impaired function of the arm and hand. Activity-based games are used to test speed, endurance, coordination, range of motion, strength, timing and cognitive demand. The games are fully customizable to each patient's therapy needs. The SaeboReJoyce allows our occupational therapists to provide engaging therapy by disguising repetitive task training with fun and motivating games.

The luncheon was held in the medical center's boardroom and was attended by Austrian Consul General Andreas Launer. Prior to the luncheon, the members of the Austrian-American Council experienced the SaeboReJoyce first-hand in the rehabilitation center during a demonstration by occupational therapist Ruby Shin. Ruby showed how the device is used to help patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy and arthrogryposis achieve maximum independence in the skills required for activities of daily living.

Council President Veronika Reinelt shared, “It was important to show our members how their donations are being used to help children at Shriners for Children Medical Center. We are fascinated by the tools and techniques therapists at the Pasadena Shriners Medical Center use to give children every opportunity to live their lives to the fullest."

Staff and council members around new equipment