1. You touch the lives of children and their families every day. What do you find to be the most meaningful or rewarding part of your work? I love using and sharing my experience as a physical therapist, and as a parent to meet the challenge of solving each problem whether it is a tone issue, a strength issue, a weakness issue, a muscle issue, a postural alignment issue, a gross motor issue, a gait issue or a family need.
2. Share one of your most memorable accomplishments as a PT. I still have a relationship with a young girl who has Cerebral Palsy. I was involved in her life from the time she was 1 year old until she was 16 years old. She is now 21, walks with a cane and drives a car. She has given me a real insight as to how difficult life is for someone with a disability. However, this young lady is the most well adjusted person because her mother expected her and encouraged her to be as independent as possible.
3. We have a very experienced staff. What did you learn a long time ago that still benefits your practice today? One, the client is the most important one in the relationship and I am here to help them. Two, if your feet don't hit the floor correctly, the rest of the body has to compensate.
4. What do you love most about your job? I love to be helpful to people.
5. Share your favorite quote. "Do unto others as you would have them do to you."
6. What is the advice that you most frequently give parents? Every child is born with a spirit to push the limit. Each spirit is looking for boundaries. You are in charge of showing and teaching them the boundaries. To feel sorry, to feel pity, and to lower your expectations does not help your child reach his full ability. It is important that the parents find ways their child can have successes (big or little) and feel good about himself.
7. What is a home exercise that could benefit any child? I like activities that emphasize trunk rotation in long-sitting, chair sitting and standing.
a) In floor sitting, chair sitting and standing have your child reach back to one side and play with a toy for 2 minutes then go to the other side.
b) Have your child sit in a chair with his feet on the floor and reach for a toy placed out to the side so that his weight has to transfer from the middle of the hip and hold for a count of 20. Repeat to the other side.
Ms. Carole has been practicing PT for more than 45 years and is a wealth of knowledge! We are so fortunate to have her at Touchstone Therapy! Happy PT Month, Ms. Carole!