Andrea Carruth joined the Now I Can Therapy Team this summer, and has brought amazing talents and spirit to the patients we serve. She picked it all up quickly and was pushing the children and helping them make improvements. Andrea loves the children, and was excited to see them grow. We’re thankful Andrea is a part of our Now I Can team!
I asked Andrea to share her thoughts on Now I Can:
Growing up I always knew I wanted to have a job working with children. Now that I am older, I’m excited to be able to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant for Now I Can. My experience at Now I Can has shown me that my work as a therapist really can make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.
I first heard about Now I Can from a family member whose daughter Samantha was a patient. Samantha has a rare genetic disorder: Microcephaly with Simplified Gyral Patterns Type 1. In addition to her primary diagnosis, she has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. After Sammy’s first session I was impressed by the huge progress she made in her ability to stand upright and walk more naturally. Her mother Jenny was very pleased with the experience and the results. At the time I was a student studying to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and I couldn’t help but wonder what made the treatments at Now I Can so affective. After graduation, my husband and I ended up moving to Utah and my dream of working at Now I Can came true!
In the short time I’ve worked at Now I Can I have learned so much. Every child is so unique and different. Now I Can is careful to address the individual needs of each child. The work can be challenging but so rewarding. As a therapist, I celebrate the smallest of improvements in a patient. They may be small improvements but to me it feels like a huge difference. I knew they were making progress before anyone else because I could feel it. This is my favorite part of working at Now I Can. My favorite moments are when a child can support themselves a little better, or hold their head up a little higher than they could the day before.
Now I Can is unique in the fact that treatments are 4 hours every day for at least three weeks. This gives the therapist the opportunity to really bond with the child. This made every accomplishment, no matter how big or small, so much more rewarding. To see their smile, to ease their struggles, to witness and feel their bodies moving in a new way was something I had never experienced before.
Joining the Now I Can team has been a wonderful opportunity. I can’t imagine a more rewarding field to work in. I can honestly say Now I Can has given me the opportunity to work at my dream job.