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Aynosens and the occupational therapists
Are you familiar with occupational therapy? We face it every day but few people really care. Knowing how to hold an object in your hand, use it, write, press, throw… It’s all part of our motor skills : ergonomics.
We’ve all learned to hold a fork, grab our toys and then throw them on the floor … Learning.
Occupational therapy is involved in helping us to learn motor skills. Whoever you are, whatever your age, depending on your life path, your environment, everything can be different.
At Aynosens, we believe it is essential to provide products that are easy to use especially for parents and children. We therefore surrounded ourselves with experts in occupational therapy. But who are they?
freelance occupational therapist, has been practicing since 2013. His career in a clinic, then as an associate in an occupational therapy firm or even in packaging consulting for cosmetic brands, gives him a broad vision of his profession. Rémy Dupont now offers his services to teachers to support and train them, particularly in the field of dysgraphia (handwriting disorders.)
who graduated in 2016 is a freelance occupational therapist working specifically with children. His experience has enabled him to develop board games inspired by the issues encountered with his young patients. These games are currently being edited to be subsequently marketed.
Interview with our 2 occupational therapist experts
1/ Tell us more about yourselves ! What is your professional background? What led you to work in occupational therapy?
Louis Tiersonnier: When I was young, my dream was to become a general practitioner in order to be able to help others and have “magical healing powers”. When I was studying at medical school I discovered the profession of occupational therapist during a personal internship. I was immediately attracted by this profession, which is largely unknown.
Rémy Dupont: My choice to head towards healthcare was rather a natural choice and this wish was expressed very early on, from childhood. After the baccalaureate, I took a preparation course for the paramedical exams and discovered the profession of occupational therapist. I passed the exam at the Institut de Formation d’Ergothérapie in Montpellier and after three years of study, I graduated and I decided to work in psychiatry in Paris. After two very nice years in this service, I decided to work as a freelancer with children with disabilities.
Louis Tiersonnier: You have to build a strong trust relationship with the child so that he or she feels safe and can be involved in the therapy. In addition, the use of games makes it easier for children to learn. I thus became a “playful superhero” in their eyes because they progress while playing.
Rémy Dupont: Paediatric care brings a lot of hope. We see them progressing, becoming more and more autonomous and emancipated. The relationship with them is precious to me, I get a lot of professional and personal satisfaction from children.
Louis Tiersonnier: Occupational therapy is a fantastic job that allows you to take the time to understand the difficulties and needs of a person in order to help him with his life project.
Rémy Dupont: Occupational therapy is for everyone, at any time in life, as soon as a person encounters a restriction in an activity caused by a pathology. I find this philosophy of adaptability to the person’s needs to be very beautiful and will allow them to regain their autonomy.
Louis Tiersonnier: Currently, there is more and more awareness of the need to adapt certain products or everyday objects. It is still sometimes necessary to “tinker” with solutions to allow children in difficulty to carry out activities independently.
Rémy Dupont: Nowadays, it seems to me that the needs of children are increasingly listened to. The notion of child autonomy seems to be making its way into a market that was intended to appeal to parents only.
Louis Tiersonnier: From the age of 5, a child takes an active part in his or her own washing. It is nevertheless necessary to supervise the child because he could put himself in danger. Autonomy is acquired around the age of 8.
Rémy Dupont: With supervision and by carefully choosing the stages, a child can participate in his own toilet, even if he is very young! Depending on his maturity and his skills, around 8 years old we can trust a child to wash alone.
Louis Tiersonnier: Ideally, the product should be large enough to favour good palm grip and guarantee
good stability. The snap button should be easy to use to ensure the safety of the child and avoid waste.
Rémy Dupont: Depending on the age of the child, criteria of size, texture, shape and use must be respected. The combination of these criteria will determine whether or not a product will be well handled.
Louis Tiersonnier: As mentioned below, I work with children on certain activities of daily life related to body hygiene. I found it exciting to participate in the development of a range of cosmetic products designed and developed specifically for children.
Rémy Dupont: What attracted me to Aynosens’s approach is the desire to offer products suitable for children, in the packaging and in the composition of products.
8/ Do you think that adapting the ergonomics of bottles and pumps to children should be generalized and why?
Louis Tiersonnier: Children are in great demand for autonomy, particularly for activities related to hygiene. Adaptations are necessary to allow them to be autonomous.
Rémy Dupont: It now seems essential to me to generalize this wish. The child is the user of the products and it would be absurd not to respect their wish to become independent.
Louis Tiersonnier: The children will be able to gain autonomy and will enjoy doing this activity.
Rémy Dupont: With their parents’ support, children will be able to participate more and more in their body care, it is in fact the progressive learning of autonomy.
10/ What advice would you give to parents who want to help their children in their autonomy with hygiene?
Louis Tiersonnier: Children must be encouraged to participate in activities so that they gain confidence and autonomy. Sometimes it is a question of time that parents do not necessarily have. We have to succeed in finding special moments to carry out these activities with our children.
Rémy Dupont: To help children become independent, you first have to take your time! A child learns by mimicry, by repetition, gestural and verbal guidance. All of this takes time, which is not always easy in a parent’s busy schedule.”Laissez-faire” has to be promoted, the child is competent by nature.
Louis Tiersonnier: The reflections around this project have been very enriching for me as well as my professional practice. Thanks to Aynosens for trusting us.
Rémy Dupont: Brands like Aynossens who call on occupational therapists to help them design and develop their thinking is an opportunity for our young profession. We are still very little known but our focus, always focused on autonomy, allows us to get to the core of people’s needs.