Ms. Jessica Anderson
I am an occupational therapist for preschoolers with developmental delays or a diagnosis such as autism, or cerebral palsy, etc. Occupational therapy can look different depending upon the population, but in my work I seek to maximize the independence and quality of life of a child by helping them execute everyday tasks such as calming a hyperactive body or using their hands to play with toys, draw, feed themselves, and zip their coat. It is my dream job, and I have been doing it for 2.5 years.
Here are some questions to get to know me!
1. What would you list as your best quality?
I think that my best quality is that I am caring. I empathize well with others, which at times can be exhausting to sense and process so much emotion. But, I have found a way to mix that strength with my problem solving abilities to help kids, families and my loved ones!
2. When do you feel your strongest?
I feel my strongest, when I am in my hip hop dance class. I don't like to talk in groups a lot, but I am not shy about dancing! The style is just a tad out of my comfort zone and an opportunity for me to show a little swagger.
3. On your most difficult days, what keeps you going?
I zoom out and realize that a day is just a pixel in the scope of my life, and that I'll get through it. No matter how stressful the day is, I know that my faux-down comforter/cocoon and Seinfeld is waiting for me at the end of it.
4. What do you value the most in yourself, you relationship with your spouse/partner, and your family?
I most appreciate no-agenda quality time… with myself (I'm an introvert!), my boyfriend, friends and family. I value close relationships that allow me to feel free to be completely myself.
5. So far, what have been your greatest accomplishment(s) in your career?
I would say that my biggest accomplishments occur when a strategy or collaboration with a teacher or parent really works and impacts a kid for the better. It's so rewarding to see kids blossom and increase their independence and pride in themselves, as a result of my work.
6. What advice would you give to your younger self?
I don't really have any regrets, so I can't think of any. I was really adventurous, when I was younger. Less than 100% of my decisions were "wise", but I believe that everything you do shapes who you are, and I am a better person for learning from mistakes.
7. What do you look forward to the most?
My biggest adventure yet… "nesting" and spending my life with my best friend, Nate!