For Victoria, School-Based Therapy Is a CallingOne of the most interesting parts of Victoria’s journey is that she wasn’t initially planning on taking her career to the school-based therapy field! Interesting, but maybe not unique. Like many other graduating physical therapists—possibly including you—her original plan was to go the traditional hospital and outpatient therapy route. But then, PTS called on the same day she sat for her Boards exam. That was when she realized she’d found the field where she was best equipped to make a difference.
How COVID-19 changed school-based therapy
One of the biggest challenges Victoria has seen in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic is a learned helplessness among students. She finds that many students have more needs than before—they’ve gotten used to parents doing more for them at home.
This could be something as simple as putting on a jacket. In the pre-pandemic world, students would have learned how to do this important skill themselves. In a learn-from-home environment, however, the parents have been there to do it for them, and they haven’t learned a skill they otherwise would have.
Of course, there have been some positive effects of learning from home as well. Victoria appreciated the chance to work more closely with students’ parents than ever before.