Life Update: ADE & Fieldwork Announcements

Hey readers! Long time no see (or type, I guess?!). WOW, this semester has been tough. I am in the midst of research for my Advanced Doctoral Experience (also known as the ADE), along with multiple group assignments, papers, projects, and exams for my other classes. It has actually been making me really sad that I haven’t had time to sit down and write any blog posts because this is an occupation that I find really meaningful! Luckily, I have continued to make time for other occupations that are important to me, such as taking Pure Barre classes, getting together with friends/family, and reading (although lately I have mostly been reading textbooks…).

I had a few spare minutes today, so I wanted to sit down and give you all a brief life update! We have gotten a lot of really fun and exciting news over the last few months, so I wanted to share that with all of you.

Advanced Doctoral Experience

First, I want to share what I am focusing my research on for my ADE! I cannot share specifics, but I am currently in the literature review stage of the process and am focusing on training for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or neurodevelopmental disorder. This has been an all-consuming process so far, but I am finally in the home stretch! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and will be pushing through right up until Thanksgiving. After that, things will calm down for me a bit at school.

I will share more about the ADE process and my experience later, but for now I will share that along with the research that I will conduct in the spring of 2021, I will also have some really awesome practice-based opportunities working with children with ASD! I am so excited!

Level II Fieldwork

I also want to officially share my Level II Fieldwork announcement. *drum roll please* My first Level II Fieldwork placement is in an outpatient pediatric clinic, and my second Level II Fieldwork placement is in a public school system! I am VERY interested in pediatrics, and I am shocked that I got two pediatric placements. I thought that was unheard of! I feel really lucky to be able to gain experience and knowledge in two different pediatric settings. I will share more about these experiences starting next summer.

That’s all for now! I hope that all of you are having a great day, and hopefully I will be back with another blog post soon.

Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Life Update: ADE & Fieldwork Announcements

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for a bit, I’m glad you’re back! I’m currently working with children with ASD and super interested in pediatrics as well when I get into OT school. I’m in the application process right now.

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    1. Hey Bryanna! Thanks for reading! I worked with young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities (including ASD) in high school and undergrad and those experiences have helped me a lot in OT school. Good luck on your applications!

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