- pediatrics, school-based, sensory integration
- Pediatric occupational therapy
- Executive Function,Learning Disabilities
I was first introduced to occupational therapy when I volunteered at Camp Simcha, a medically supervised overnight camp for children and teens with chronic medical illnesses or physical disabilities. I was fully responsible for Samara, a teenage girl with severe cerebral palsy. Samara’s disability causes spasticity in her upper extremities and paralysis from the waist down. I saw firsthand how, as an individual suffering from a physical condition, Samara struggles with basic activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living and how her functioning and quality of life is inhibited. The progress Samara made with the occupational therapy that she received was awe-inspiring and confirmed my decision to pursue a career in this field. Some years later, I am now a proud partner in the OT profession, able to help Samara and others like her. College studies, volunteer jobs, and fieldwork experiences, all gave me a strong and comprehensive foundation of technical knowledge, as well as practical experience. Work experiences over the past two years, and continuing presently, reinforced my occupational therapy foundation, and allowed me to develop my skills and grow further in the field. My pediatric work experiences involve a special education daycare, preschools, and elementary school, as well as pediatric outpatient clinics for regular education children. I work with the children on fine motor and graphomotor skills, sensory integration, vestibular and proprioception regulation, and gross motor strengthening. Diagnoses include developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, hearing disabilities, autism, as well as conditions like motor weakness, poor cognitive processing, visual or perceptual problems, and sensory regulation deficits. I also received, and continue to receive, close supervision and support by highly experienced therapists, which, along with being a part of collaborative staff meetings and writing documentation, only pushes me to learn more and grow further in the field. Seeing the progress of the children, and as I continue seeing them improve, teaches me that anyone can succeed when given the proper help. It is my privilege to give such help that can change lives. I believe I have the required skills to be a part of the Therapy Works team. I am hard working and focused, with strong interpersonal skills and creativity. Life experiences taught me to be responsible, reliable, and efficient. Practicing occupational therapy via teletherapy is an opportunity for me to make a real difference while having convenience and flexibility. Giving children the tools and abilities to achieve their maximum functioning potential and increase their quality of life is a passion that I share.