I am Aditi Srivastava (Adi), a paediatric occupational therapist (OT) based in London, UK and the founder of Rising Horizons blog, a place where I try to put best of my proficiency skills, efforts and experience to write evidence-based articles and strategies. This blog is all about supporting, encouraging, educating and reassuring parents, teachers, caregivers and anyone who is raising affectionate and radiant horizon of tomorrow!
In a nutshell, I can say OT supports professionals to address and understand a person holistically (mind-body-spirit connection) and work therapeutically to enhance and enrich child’s or adult’s abilities.
I became a mother of an adorable son in 2015. After becoming the mummy, I started seeing things from dual perspectives (as a mother & OT) in my son’s activities and development.
It is plain-sailing for me to understand his behaviour and developmental progression as this has been part of my training and practice. Being a new mum, I couldn’t resist myself from implementing theoretical concepts of pediatric Occupational Therapy in a practical world in a healthier way, such as understanding child development, milestone achievement, reflex integration, social communication or hand skill development. I developed better thoughtfulness of issues like tethering, sleep deprivation, vaccinations and feeding.
And believe me, this became a turning point moment!! This was the time when Rising Horizons originated.
Being in a twin role (OT & mum) now, it is less challenging for me to correlate and empathise with children and mothers having similar issues.
Wholeheartedly, I feel imparting knowledge about kid’s issues, which I know and appreciate, can be a minor contribution to a big society which has influenced so much in making me what I am today!!
Sometimes reasons such as grief within the family, stress, domestic violence, or peer pressure compel's child to come out of his shell and protect himself by using anger or violence as his shield. It is important for us, adults to modify and reflect better behaviours so that children can follow an enhanced and trustworthy example.
I will be glad to support you on any child related queries or suggestions. Please feel free to contact me on email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will be great to hear from you!!