Aidee is a Board Certified Occupational Therapist licensed in the state of Texas. She has a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters of Public Health, and Master of Occupational Therapy.
In the past 7 years, Aidee has worked with people across the lifespan and in a variety of settings such as: acute care rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient. She has primarliy worked with children and adults who have neurological disorders and hematology/oncology disorders.
So why the shift to maternal health and child health? Aidee saw the gap in care once she became a mother. After having an unplanned C-section, she was shocked that she was never asked about her environment and her daily activities. She never got an evaluation for Occupational Therapy. Aidee left this experience surprised because normally when anyone has an abdominal surgery, occupational therapy is often asked to evaluate patients ability to continue to care for themselves, safely enter their home, and continue their daily activities like caring for others, grocery shopping, and household management. Yet all Aidee received after her surgery, were handouts. Who has time to read and truly benefit from handouts when they are trying to figure out how to breastfeed, survive without sleep and are inundated with feelings of "What am I doing?!"
Needless to say, as soon as she got home, she had no idea where those handouts went. Between pain from the incision, pain from breastfeeding and the lack of sleep, she was in a daze.
It takes some time to figure everything out while the newborn haze lifts. This is why Aidee is so passionate about creating a space to learn how to make modifications in this new normal to continue doing the things YOU love while also caring for and engaging with your child in developmentally appropriate tasks.
Think about all the interruptions in occupations you have once you are a mom. Sleep hygiene goes out the window. You aren't working out as much. You can't go to the nail salon as often. Sex is different for a variety of reasons. You may have difficulty showering, toileting, and/or dressing because of an incision and bending restrictions. You no longer know how to incorporate breastfeeding and pumping into your previous routine because you feel like you don't have time for more. Let's not forget if you have another child in addition to your newborn.
In the midst of the haze, women feel alone and desperate for answers and relief. Aidee is here for you to facilitate your continued participation in YOUR valued activities and helping your baby achieve their developmental milestones.