Hi. I’m Ashley.
I’m the Founding Editor of pediatricOTcourses.com. I’ve been a pediatric OT for about two decades (which is just a nice way of saying that I’ve made every mistake in the book).
Learn from my mistakes: if a 5-year-old boy ever asks you to smell his fingers DON’T DO IT. It’s always poop.
Some things I’ve done
- I started out at a pediatric outpatient clinic right between the county jail and the county hospital in Miami. 🌴
- Then I became a traveling therapist and went to Las Vegas. I lost $13 in nickels while playing a slot machine for 2 minutes, which ended my gambling career.
- I left Las Vegas when the thermometer hit 120 degrees and drove to San Francisco where I set up my first private practice.
- I received my DIR-B certification from the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning under Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder.
- I completed an advanced mentorship under Lucy Jane Miller at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorders in 2009.
- I moved back to the South (San Francisco is cold…they don’t tell you that in the brochures) and set up my second private practice. All my patients call me “Miss Ash-uh-lee”.
- I completed a degree in computer programming on the side.
- I earned my SPD ProCert 1 Credential from the Star Institute and Temple University.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing
My first day of work EVER as an OT was September 11, 2001, and I really didn’t think the world could get any worse.
Then, after I moved to California and bootstrapped my way into a successful private practice, 2008 came along like a nuclear meltdown.
One very affluent school district I contracted with lost 50% of their savings because their money was invested with Bernie Madoff. And most of my cash-based clients disappeared overnight.
It took a couple of years for things to get back to normal. In the meantime, I had resort to my plan B (cutting my rates). Then my plan C (working for larger clinics that could weather the storm). Then my plan Z (getting a part-time job in a SNF).
I eventually moved to South Carolina to be closer to my family. I took a job at a hospital-based clinic (the best pediatric therapy clinic in town) so I could figure out my next move. Within a year they were threatening to lay everyone off.
I realized that if I wanted to be in control of my income I needed to have my own practice.
That clinic finally closed recently. The new hospital CEO decided they would “no longer carry the pediatric rehabilitation service line”. All of my therapy friends got laid off at once. Over the holidays.
Now that I’ve bummed you out…
Listen, you never know what you’re capable of until the crap hits the fan. And the crap WILL hit the fan (looking at you, COVID-19).
Therapists are resilient but we need a network of friends and resources we can lean on.
pediatricOTcourses.com wants to be one of your go-to resources.
Our courses answer the real-life therapy questions you have. We’ll give you the best ideas in pediatric therapy, business, and life without the fluff and woo-woo magical thinking.
Because there is no magic. Just hard-won lessons from people who have been there, done that. Let us help you avoid the pitfalls and move your life and career forward.
If there’s ever anything we can do to help, just give us a shout at sayhi@pediatricOTcourses.com.
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