For this week’s #LiveWellWednesday post we talked to Alice Herles, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. Let’s get to know Alice a little better and the services she provides at Compass.
Alice, tell us about what made you want to become a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.
“My son was born with Down Syndrome and participated in early intervention and occupational therapy. I thought it was amazing to see my son thrive and become independent with so many self-help skills. I worked at our county developmental disabilities (DD) program as a teacher’s assistant, and I realized I was working with students on their OT IEP goals without really knowing ‘the why’s’ of OT. I applied to the OTA program at SSU in 2007, because I wanted to help other kids reach their full potential and independence.”
What do you enjoy most about working at Compass Pediatric OT?
“I like working with our families and helping their children with challenges that they face on a daily basis. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve helped increase independence and develop skills. Our OT gym is a much needed service in our community.”
What is most rewarding about working with children?
“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on a kid’s face after they have accomplished something independently, for the first time. Knowing that you’ve helped them achieve something they’ve worked so hard for is a wonderful feeling.”
What challenges are families facing that Compass Pediatric OT can assist with?
“Families are often overwhelmed when their child is diagnosed with learning disabilities- Autism, ADD, fine and gross motor skills or Sensory Processing Disorder. We want these families to know that there is a place, here in their local community, that specializes in sensory integration and incorporating fun with treatment, and it’s a place that involves the parents in their child’s treatment plan, which can be carried over into the child’s school and/or home environment.”
What do you enjoy in your free time?
“I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, going to concerts, and shopping. I also enjoy supporting our Scioto County Special Olympics and our County Board of Developmental Disabilities.”
For more information about the Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program please contact our office at 740-351-7102.
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