Anne Picklap is a Licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT). She graduated from James Madison University with a Master's in Occupational Therapy in 2010.
Since graduating, she has been working in various settings of pediatric therapy to expand her knowledge and practice regarding child development.
She has worked in private clinics, early intervention, and school systems serving children of all ages and diagnosis.
In 2013, Anne embarked on the journey of travel therapy. She decided this was the best way to combine her two passions; travel and children.
Since stepping into the world of travel therapy, Anne has been able to experience new and wonderful places and meet amazing people from all walks of life.
She most recently spent a year, on and off, on the west coast in Oregon and California. Living on her own in new places has allowed her to become more independent and confident in the person she is today and has allowed her to appreciate all the good there is in people.
It is Anne's desire to spread the knowledge and experiences she has been fortunate to have with others. She believes it is important to see the good in people, specifically the good in children.
She feels strongly about providing those less fortunate the same opportunities she has had, and is thrilled at having the chance to spread good in the world.
Why do you feel you would be an asset to the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer team?
My profession involves working with kids! I've been working as a pediatric occupational therapist since 2011 and possess the knowledge and skills to work with children of all ages and developmental abilities. I understand and am able to effectively communicate the benefits of infant massage. I also understand how these benefits are directly related to massage and how to adapt and modify massage when needed.
I travel for a living! I have become a professional when it comes to picking up and moving from place to place. I'm passionate about travel and learning as much as I can about the world and other's cultures.
I'm a people person! I love people and have always been able to get along and work well in a multi-disciplinary atmosphere. Having the opportunity to not only meet and work with people of varying professional backgrounds and skills but to also be able to meet and work with people of different cultural backgrounds is an amazing once in a life time opportunity.
Why would you like to participate in this outreach event?
It has long been on my bucket list to be a part of a volunteer and/or outreach program overseas. I'm an enthusiast when it comes to travel and an enthusiast when it comes to pediatrics. I would love to have the opportunity to utilize my passion along with my professional skills to help others. For me, It would be overlapping the best of both worlds.
I am also incredibly excited about meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures and experiences. It is a unique opportunity to be able to travel with a group of like-minded people who share the same passions about helping others and it is an opportunity I do not want to miss out on.
Relevant qualifications and skills:
Being a pediatric occupational therapist, I have many relevant qualifications and skills. I have worked with children of all ages (from birth to 18) with varying diagnosis and abilities. I am observant and able to pick up on cues that others may miss. I know how to adapt and modify handling techniques for positioning, weight bearing, transferring, tone, and safety and comfort as well as environmental factors to suite the need of a child.
Apart from professional qualifications and skills, one of my biggest assets is being a people person. I have always gotten along and worked well with others. In my opinion, this is the biggest asset a therapist can possess. You have to be able to build a rapport with parents, caregivers, and children in order to provide effective therapy.
I have additional training on autism and sensory processing disorder. I have worked with children with autism and sensory deficits throughout the course of my professional career and know how to adapt and modify interventions and surroundings to best suite the child's needs.
My volunteer experience includes working with the Special Olympic program to provide modified gross motor opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school children with cognitive, physical, developmental and/or emotional diagnosis. Also, with Surfer's Healing, assisting the organization with set up and facilitation on a summer program to provide the opportunity for children with autism to surf with professional surfers for a day.
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Ambassador!