Anna Lawrence

Early Intervention Physical Therapist

Prince Georges County Public Schools

“Teach and train parents of infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities.”

MY ROUTE:

The Straight Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Early Intervention Physical Therapist

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of HELPING PEOPLE and the interests of MEDICINE and EDUCATION.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

On a great day, I would visit four different families. I would use a coaching model to help the caregiver help their child. It might be through information on play activities and exercises to help the child learn to roll over, sit up or walk. Or info on what types of toys to get to help build their child's cognitive or motor skills. I would provide hands on physical therapy for the child. There is great satisfaction in seeing a child sit up by themselves, crawl or take their first steps.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Love of children, patience, creativity to make work/exercise fun for infants/toddlers, exposure to people with differing abilities and a belief that everyone can learn and develop, willingness to share knowledge and skills with others.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Early Intervention Physical Therapist

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Graduate - Special Education and Teaching, Infants and Families

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - University of Maryland-Baltimore, Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Graduate - University of Maryland-College Park, Special Education and Teaching, Infants and Families

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

Visit hospitals or other offices where physical therapists work, look for some that specialize in working with children - pediatrics - contact your local Infants and Toddlers Program, each state has one, and see if you can shadow someone for a day. Take classes for pre professional development for health care careers - sciences, math, communication.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PEERS

“It's so depressing to see the children suffer. It will take you too long to get your degree.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

I was inspired by the strength and perseverance of many children with disabilities and their families. I focused on their willingness to try and try again to learn a simple skill like sitting up and their acceptance of differences in others and themselves. If they can do it, whatever it is, then I have no excuse not to try and not give up.

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