April is OT (occupational therapy) month, and throughout this month I have been reflecting on the many years I have been an occupational therapist. I have learned a lot over 18 years. I have learned that I really love my job. Of course, with every job, there are paperwork and politics, but over time I have learned that those are smaller parts of a larger whole.
Our amazing pediatric occupational therapy team at Children’s Therapy Center, PSC.
I love the relationship piece of being a pediatric OT. I have worked with thousands of families and watched many children grow up. I feel like some of the families I have worked with are part of my own family. I have been blessed to watched children grow and develop and do many things others thought would be impossible. I have heard countless stories from families about professionals telling them their child would never…
I have been privileged to witness some excellent parenting skills and learn from parents. I have been involved in the lives of countless children who struggle, partnering with the families who love them. Together, we have established rules, routines, strategies, and activities to help children succeed and live full and successful lives.
I love OT and the hope that it gives families and children. To all the families that have touched my life, I want to say, “thank you!” Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your circle, for letting me in, and for sharing your secrets so I could try to help you. Thank you for allowing me to see the emotion, personalities, and love of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory Disorders, Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit Disorder, and countless other diagnoses.
Mostly, thank you to the children! I am forever blessed to have had a chance to see all the things you have been able and will be able to do!
From our family to yours,
Melissa Hough, OTR/L, C/NDT
Melissa Hough, OTR/L, C/NDT is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of pediatric experience and certifications in Sensory Integration (SI) and Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). Melissa has a professional and personal perspective when working with children because she is also the adoptive parent of a child with special needs.
Since 2002, Children’s Therapy Center, PSC has served thousands of families in Louisville, Kentucky, by providing high-quality therapy services and parent education.