“Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health.” — Mary Reilly
As an occupational therapist, my job is to help my clients engage in the occupations that they find meaningful. One of the primary ways we interact with the world around us is through our hands. Having two little girls around, reminds me just how important hands are to everyday life.
They both rely heavily on their hands for engagement, something we take for granted as adults. Even at their young ages, they too use their hands differently. Molly is using hers to explore through manipulation and tool use, while Nina is using hers for sensory experiences. What inspired this set of images is when I first brought home scissors, Molly could barely hold them. Eventually, she was able to snip a few areas of paper, but recently she was cutting completely through the paper. What I wanted to do was document how they use their hands.