Making an Impact With Pediatric Clients
“Panos has more gadgets than Batman!”
“Panos can create a whole session’s worth of activities with just a spoon!”
These are the sentiments from parents of children who have worked with NBCOT 2021 Impact Award winner Panagiotis (Panos) Rekoutis. An OTR for almost 30 years, Panos was drawn to helping people with disabilities at a young age, having grown up in a house with a functionally deaf parent.
Panos sets high expectations when working with his pediatric clients, looking to accentuate every child’s strengths and empower them to work hard on improving weaknesses. He uses his playful personality to engage and motivate his clients, who look forward to their sessions with him and are reluctant to leave when the sessions end. If gadgets and resources are not available for his sessions, Panos has no problem with creativity. His colleagues at the Manhattan Children’s Center have appropriately nicknamed him “MacGyver.”
Panos’s goal is to make long-lasting, impactful changes that can support his clients throughout their lifetimes. He has helped numerous children, teens, and young adults become more independent in their daily lives and everyday function at home, at school, and in the community. His clients’ families trust Panos wholeheartedly and rely on his guidance and consult.