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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist

Nov 3, 2021

For today’s 12 minute talk, I’m interviewing Ashley McGaughy.  Ashley is a pediatric occupational therapist from Chicago, and she primarily works as an independent contractor with kids in intervention programs, ages zero to three.  She works on everything from play to daily life skills, and she gets to see kids both in their homes and in private community settings. She has a lot of expertise to offer, and I’m so excited to share it with you.


In this episode, we talk about…

[1:09] How Ashley got into occupational therapy and her current work

[3:00] Beneficial occupational therapy in the home setting

[5:37] Activities that get great engagement and feedback from kids

[6:22] Parent engagement in occupational therapy

[7:21] Fun and surprising moments as an occupational therapist

[8:50] Ashley’s favorite part of being an occupational therapist

[9:56] How to follow and learn from Ashley

[10:44] Go with your gut when it comes to your child


Ashley McGaughy

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

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