Elaine Ghazinour is an EI clinician celebrating her 20th year at the Achievement Center! Below, Elaine details what it’s like to work a day in her shoes.
What do you do at the Achievement Center?
I am an Occupational Therapist working in pediatrics with children birth to 3 years of age.
What do you do every day or most days?
I travel from home to home and to local daycares working with children in a variety of diverse cultures with feeding issues, genetic/chromosomal disorders, autism, prematurity, seizure disorders, other medical challenges (tube fed babies, kids with tracheostomies, etc.) and general developmental delays. I provide support and practical help to promote normal development and tools to help each child maximize their potential.
How does your job help the Agency or clients that we serve?
My position reflects positively on the Achievement Center as I partner with both families and community resources as an advocate for their child and source of additional and/or appropriate supports. Families and daycares in turn can recommend our agency to friends/families in need of similar services or other services we offer at the Achievement Center.
What’s the best part of your job?
Seeing the progress each child makes, the joy parents share when gains are made and the relief they express knowing they are receiving needed support and encouragement are the highlight of my job. Oftentimes we are the only support many of these families have as they navigate unfamiliar territory having a child with special needs.