For this week’s #LiveWellWednesday post we talked to Cara Crisp, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. Let’s get to know Cara a little better and the services she provides at Compass.
Cara, tell us about what made you want to become a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.
I believe my passion was truly sparked when I began working as an assistant instructor for the Cirque D’ Art Theatre in 2005. Initially, I worked with mostly preschool age and also helped with a class offered for children with disabilities. I was captivated by the possibilities this program offered and how it empowered not only the students participating but everyone involved. From there, I was able to network with some wonderful people who worked at Vern Riffe School which led to the opportunity to work with our local Board of DD as a one-on-one aide. I was blessed to meet and work with various students and staff as well as offering some sign language support to those in need. Sadly, my time there ended in 2015 in order to pursue my degree in occupational therapy. I cherish the time I spent with these invaluable programs in our community and am honored to say I have been part of their teams. These organizations have helped shape who I am today and I owe my direction in life to the powerful experiences and opportunities I was afforded by being a part of them.
What do you enjoy most about working at Compass Pediatric OT?
Each day I am gifted the occasion to see the world through the eyes of a child. It is a daily perspective reset and I am reminded of what true joy is as well as the importance of celebrating the small things. Additionally, learning through play is so important for the development of all children and we sure do know how to have fun!
What is most rewarding about working with children?
I am continually in awe of our kids, how resilient, how giving, and how determined they are. We are truly blessed to be a part of their growth and in turn experience growth ourselves. It is most rewarding to see our kids grow in confidence of their abilities and witness the positive impact that makes on their lives and the lives of their families as a whole.
What challenges are families facing that Compass Pediatric OT can assist with?
I believe one of the most important services we can offer is to simply help our families know that they are not alone. Being a sounding board and haven of support in possibly some of the most challenging moments of their lives is the priority in addressing their needs.
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I am most happy when surrounded by family, friends, and nature. I enjoy spending time around a bonfire, playing cornhole, hunting/fishing, traveling, and going to concerts.
For more information about the Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program please contact our office at 740-351-7102.
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