My name is Susan O’Hanlon. I have been an OT with Easterseals for 2 months.
My primary responsibilities are to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition (ADOS) as part of the comprehensive autism evaluation for the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE). I am also a contract occupational therapist through the Early Steps program where I complete the initial evaluations for eligibility and provide occupational therapy services in the natural environment.
I enjoy educating families in ways to maximize their child’s potential and helping them see their child’s individual differences.
The professional advantages of working in a team-focused environment are the consistent opportunities to learn and grow through the other professionals I collaborate with on a daily basis. The advantages to the families I serve is guiding them so they can feel confident as they navigate the challenges of autism and developmental delays.
My professional goal after becoming an occupational therapist was to pursue a specialty in pediatrics. Easterseals has provided that opportunity. I enjoy learning from dedicated therapists across many domains such as school therapy, early intervention, outpatient therapy, and the Autism Center of Excellence. Since my early days as a school occupational therapist, I have sought opportunities to learn about Autism and now I have the opportunity to work in the Autism Center of Excellence.
I believe the one thing most people don't realize is the ADOS administration is only a small piece of the autism assessment. There are many steps that need to be coordinated between the family and various professionals at Easterseals.
When people think about Easterseals, I hope that people in the community recognize Easterseals as an organization that can provide resources to help children with special needs reach their greatest potential.