Theresa Carlson worked with Sandra Schefkind, pediatric coordinator at AOTA, on projects dealing with school-based occupational therapy. Theresa collected and compiled a list of each state’s published guidelines for occupational therapy practice in the schools, which is available here. Theresa also works with the IDEA Partnership’s Shared Work Web site by posting various resources for school-based practitioners, and she wrote an article for Therapy Times on the role of occupational therapy in the schools.
Participating in the program has helped Theresa not feel discouraged about the disparity between what she saw as “ideal” practice and the “reality” of practice because she had the opportunity to promote best practice in a large arena. The program helped her develop her leadership skills in the workplace and encouraged her to take more responsibility in promoting the profession. Theresa isn’t the only one who has noticed her professional growth; her supervisor told Theresa that she seemed more confident and motivated at their organization.
How did Emerging Leaders help you to live life to its fullest?
“[At the beginning of the program] each of us identified our ‘core values’ and discussed the importance of these values in our work and personal lives. This simple exercise has helped me identify what I find truly meaningful and important in my life and my profession and to pursue leadership opportunities that reinforce these values. I feel that I am “Living Life To Its Fullest” by focusing on and committing to the pursuit of these values,” says Theresa.