My interest in occupational therapy began long before I enrolled in classes. My daughter, Kylie, is autistic. Once she was diagnosed at the age of three, I took her to occupational therapy sessions weekly. I had no idea what it was. I was able to sit in at the sessions and watch the therapist interact with Kylie. I watched her progress before my eyes. Even though the tasks she was working on were simple, they were a challenge for Kylie. From sensory integration to working on motor skills, Kylie did it. I was amazed by the transformation that had taken place. From that point on, I knew I wanted to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
I enrolled at Brown Mackie College to pursue my dream. I am in my third month of core classes, and will graduate July 2015. There are several goals that I am working on in order to achieve success. One short-term goal I have is to complete my courses with at least a “B” average. Another goal is to complete my fieldwork successfully. Next year, I will pass the National Board of Certified Therapists and obtain licensure and begin practicing.
I believe that I can help change the world, one by one. My ultimate goal is to work with patients like Kylie who have special needs. It is my passion to help future clients and watch their progress, and I would be proud to know that I helped a person overcome their obstacles.