To celebrate #OTMonth and recognize our amazing therapists, CRA would like to share stories and experiences as told by our OT professionals. Marie Goodman, COTA/L, who works in the School District of Lee County, shares a moving story about one student that has remained near and dear to her heart for over 18 years.
Here is Marie and Alyssa’s story:
“During the summer of 1997 I was assigned to provide Alyssa Silva OT services at her home to maintain her range of motion (ROM) and fine motor skills. Alyssa was 9 years old with beautiful brown eyes, long brown hair and an infectious personality bigger than life.
Alyssa was confined to a wheelchair due to her disability of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). That summer we would do typical ROM exercises and other activities. We hit if off right from the first visit, and we both looked forward to seeing each other twice a week.