Featured Certified Autism Specialist: Amanda Schleicher

Amanda Schleicher

Occupational Therapist

Why did you choose your profession?

Years ago (back in high school) a good friend had a family member who received occupational therapy (OT) services; and, this friend said she thought OT would be a good fit for me. So, I called around to set up some observations and quickly fell in love with the profession! I knew OT was for me before I graduated high school and now, 13 years in, I still love my profession.

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

My favorite part of being an occupational therapist is the freedom and creativity that allows me to address the meaningful, every day living skills that are often overlooked by other healthcare professions.

How has your IBCCES training/credential helped you in your career?

Obtaining the CAS credential will help me both professionally and personally. As an OT who works with a large population of students with autism within a school setting, and as a mom of a son who is autistic, advancing my knowledge of autism will help me to better understand and support the students I serve, their families and caregivers, and my family by utilizing the most appropriate, evidence-based, and up-to-date information available.

How do you use/implement what you learned in the IBCCES certification training?

Due to COVID-19, school has been shut down, so providing OT services has looked quite a bit different. Having the knowledge from the CAS training has helped me to improve my rapport with the students with autism that I serve via virtual interactions. But, more so right now due to homeschooling, I’ve used the knowledge I’ve gained to more effectively educate, inform, and support the families of my students with autism so they can better interact with and support their children within their home environment.

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