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November 2021

Kelly Allred, COTA/L Region 4

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

School-based pediatrics

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

I've been working as a COTA for 3 years. I wanted to go into occupational therapy when I learned how individualized the treatment was. It is such a personal way to connect and help anyone with a disorder or disability. I thrive when I'm helping others!

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

I have been learning more about feeding therapy. In the school setting, we don't use it very much, so I wanted to sharpen my skills. We can work on tool use to help children grasp their eating utensils or work on aversion to textures by exposing them to different tactile items.

4. Who inspires you?

All of the OT's that I work with weekly and at my fieldwork sites. They have always been so helpful and patient with me as I've learned more about my job. They also respect my knowledge and input. That means so much to me and has helped my confidence tremendously.

5. What is your favorite place in the world

Home. I love to travel and experience new places, but my favorite place to be is at home with my family.

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

I recently read a book called Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund. I discovered that "time-travel romance" has its own genre and I love it!

 7. Any hobbies or interests? 

I am obsessed with 500-1000 piece puzzles, I love reading, watching movies and I love to socialize with friends.

 8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

Going to school to become a COTA while balancing single-motherhood. It was the hardest 2 years of my life, but so worth it to have a career that I absolutely love.

9. What are you passionate about? 

I love helping children and anyone with mental health problems. I have 3 of my own children who all have a diagnosis and they have helped me to learn so much patience and compassion, so that I am able to help others.

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

Someday I will go on a humanitarian trip. I would love it to be OT-related, but I would settle for anything.

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I was raised going to a polygamist church.

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

Potatoes. They are the ultimate comfort food and so versatile in textures and flavors.