Hollis Public School Welcomes New Occupational Therapy Doctorate Colleague to the Island - P.O.W. Report

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hollis Public School Welcomes New Occupational Therapy Doctorate Colleague to the Island

From the Hollis School:

We are so excited to welcome Kelcie Beck, Hollis School’s 3rd Indiana Wesleyan University Occupational Therapy pre-Doctoral Residency

Our Hollis School’s four-year relationship with the Indiana Wesleyan University Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program has been a rich experience for all involved and we cannot be more appreciative of the opportunities these students bring to our students and families, our school and our Prince of Wales Community.

As an introduction to her work we share that when thinking of occupational therapy, “occupations” can be broadly defined as things you want or need to fulfill life roles and find meaning. Occupations include work, play, education, rest, activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, and social participation. So, Kelcie and her OT colleagues promote and increase independence with everyday tasks which in turn adds to others’ quality of life!

We hope to be scheduling a few informational sessions to help families and schools to best understand and support sensory processing and fine motor needs and we will post that information as they are calendared.

Please welcome Kelcie to our Hollis Crew and of course, if you are interested in learning more about her work at the school and community please contact us at the school – 907-530-7108.

We know our students, parents and community members like to know the people working with our students so as a way of introduction please enjoy Kelcie’s mini-bio and of course please stop by to say hello and welcome her to our community.

“Hi, my name is Kelcie Beck and I am a third-year occupational therapy student at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Just in case you are not sure on what occupational therapy is, I’ll give you a quick explanation. Occupational therapy is a form of therapy that looks at the person as a whole with a goal to improve their quality of life. Treatment options included in therapy are very broad and relate to the interests of the individual. For a child, these treatments are often in the form of play. For adults, we often look at their daily occupations which can include their job, childcare, household tasks, and leisure activities to create therapy sessions that are meaningful to them. For example, instead of just making them stronger, we would make sure they can actually complete their laundry including walking up and down stairs, carrying a laundry basket, and measuring out the correct amount of detergent. People who can benefit from occupational therapy include those who have been in car accident, an individual who had a stroke or heart attack, people who have experienced traumatic experiences, substance users, children with varying abilities physically, socially, emotionally, and academic, individuals in prison, and so many more. Occupational therapy is not just for teaching kids handwriting or for older people learning to use a walker. That was a very brief explanation and if anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.

Now a little more about me. Although I am attending school in Indiana, I was born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania in York. I come from a fairly small immediate family with one sister and my parents. My sister is a hairdresser and also works at a beauty school as a financial aid assistance. My dad works as a carpenter and my mom as an office assistant at a mulching and construction plant. My extended family is huge as I have over 40 cousins living across the United States. I grew up in a more rural part of Pennsylvania with fields and farmland and about 20 minutes to the nearest grocery store (Which of course is not near as rural as parts of Alaska). I love spending time outside throughout the year and in different locations. I go swimming, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and have gone hunting and rock repelling on occasion. I like traveling and exploring new places. I’ve visited over half of the states in the U.S. as well Mexico, Bermuda, and Ecuador. I also enjoy reading and playing board games and will have game nights with my friends quite often. So far I’ve had student experiences in a nursing home, helping to create a camp, an elementary school, hand therapy, and pediatrics. I also work at a rehabilitation hospital and Starbucks when I’m not busy with school. I am super excited to work with the kids at Hollis School as well as individuals in the community. “

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