The OT Headhunter: OT's unique role in the homeschool community
Sarah Collins-- the OT Headhunter. I kind of like it! Sarah is the first OT I've met who specializes in meeting the unique needs of homeschool families. Sarah has been an occupational therapist for over a decade and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient pediatrics to adult home health. Never did she imagine herself working in this unique setting--nor did she imagine herself owning chickens! Tune in to this week's episode to learn everything you need to know about OT and homeschooling, as well as Sarah's amazing life!
Sarah Collins, MSOT, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with a background in both pediatrics and home health. In fact, working as an OT actually led her to homeschooling. When in a client’s home, Sarah was introduced to homeschooling and was amazed at the atmosphere of learning within the home. Later that year, due to a move, the opportunity to begin the Collins Academy of Excellence arose. Though the style of homeschooling has changed and morphed over the years, the overarching goal of ushering the kids towards their specific purpose has remained. After 2 years of homeschooling, Sarah consistently noticed that families were asking the same questions and though were experts on their child, could benefit from consulting with an occupational therapist for guidance within their homeschools. As a result, Collins Academy of Excellence grew into Collins Academy Therapy Services with the purpose of educating families on how to create homeschools specifically designed for their student’s needs. The other half of Collins Academy of Excellence is training Occupational Therapists to best serve the homeschool community. Combining both of these allows Collins Academy Therapy Services to provide resources for homeschools and occupational therapist to come together in guiding children towards their specific purpose in life.