10 Things I am Thankful for as a Pediatric Therapist

In the spirit of the holiday season and Thanksgiving coming up here in the United States, I thought I would share 10 things I am thankful for as a pediatric therapist.

1-  I am thankful to have a job where I have the opportunity to make a difference in a child and family’s life every time I go to work.

2- I am thankful for my fully functioning hands.  These hands work hard every day, from holding and moving my patients t0 doing sign language or funny dances, I wouldn’t be able to get through a successful day without my hands.

3- I am thankful for stretchy pants.  image_1With all the squatting and kneeling I do all day, there is no way I could get through my day with boring, stiff work pants. 🙂

4- I am thankful for bubbles.  Simple yet amazing at the same time, they have saved my treatment sessions many times, and manage to fascinate my kiddos of all ages.

5- I am thankful for all the students I have been allowed to teach. They have given me the opportunity to view my interventions from a fresh perspective and teach me something new every time.

6- I am thankful for nursery rhyme songs.  Thank you for giving me something else to say during my treatment sessions instead of saying walk johnny walk. 🙂

7- I am thankful for padded/carpeted floors!  Learning how to move is no easy task, so thank you, padded floors, for saving my kiddos from a number of injuries as they learn how to sit, crawl, walk, run, jump, hop, and kick!

8- I am thankful for hair ties! Having long curly hair does not pair well with being a pediatric therapist, so thank you, hair ties, for saving me from many painful moments, and for keeping me cool as a run around the gym all day.

9- I am thankful for parents who trust me to work with their children.  I know it takes a lot for someone to place their child’s well-being in someone else’s hands, so I appreciate the parents that not only let me work with their children, but also to the parents who allow me to teach them so they too can help their kiddos reach their goals.

baby taking first steps

10- Last but not least, I am thankful for my patients!  These kiddos work hard every treatment session to do all the tasks and obstacle courses I give them, as well as enduring my singing, dancing, and funny faces, and still manage to smile and say bye after working hard during their treatment sessions 🙂

What are you thankful for?

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3 replies

  1. dear Nathalie,
    I have been a ped pt for many years and I am especially thankful for the fact that I have had good health and bones. This has made it possible for me to work with my whole body and on my knees for so many years.


  2. I am thankful for the challenge and creativity required to persuade a child to do something that will help them learn to move and play just like their friends!


  3. I am thankful for a
    job that feels like play (after all the processing is done to set up the session). I am also thankful for the hugs and kisses I get, even when I make the kiddos work.


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