Saturday, May 27, 2017

So You Want To Work with Kids?

1- You will get sick.
Make sure to stock up on Airborne, Emergen-C, vitamin C and zinc.  Take it daily and to boost your immune system.  Kids don't like to share their candy but they will share their germs.  Also, bring lots of hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes. 

2- Your knees will hurt.

Kids are obviously pretty tiny.  You're going to have to get down to their level which means sometimes getting down on your hands and knees.

3- Practice your "mommy" voice.

If you have zero experience with children understand this!  Nothing gets the point across better than using your "mommy" tone.

4- Be 100% observant.

Be vigilant always.  Children are quick.  One blink and they are hanging off the refrigerator door.  Blink twice and they have already run across the street to McDonald's with your credit card trying to buy a happy meal.  

5- You will have fun.  

Children enjoy the simplest things.  They are motivated by activities they enjoy.  When they are having fun, more than likely you will too.  


6- The dollar store will be your best friend.  

Ball out! 

Thank you for reading, if you have any advice for working in the pediatric population then please do share them below.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How Much Did It Cost Me to Become an Occupational Therapist?

Well let’s see…

Undergrad-  Free tuition, out-of-pocket cost were fees & room and board (approx. $10,000)
Pre-requisites- Part-time TAP plus tuition reimbursement (approx. $2,000)
Graduate Program- $926 per credit multiplied by 60 credits (approx. $55,560 plus fees)
Therapy-Ed Course- Included in student fees
AOTA Student Membership- Included in tuition fees
NBCOT Exam- $515
Transcript request to New York State- $40
New York State license application- $294
Finally, becoming a licensed and registered occupational therapist- Priceless

Hope this helps.