Becoming a Pediatric Physical Therapist

I became a physical therapist to work with adults, disabled veterans actually. I did not plan to work in pediatrics but here I am years down the road still loving it in all it's imperfect glory.

Becoming a Pediatric Physical Therapist
Becoming a Pediatric Physical Therapist
They remind me everyday that all we can ever really do is practice outside of perfection.
— Candice Dunbar, The Skillful Play Therapist

I am the kind of person who hammers away at something without coming up for air in the pursuit of perfection. I did it with my education, Cross Fit, relationships, nutritional habits, appearances, and I’m not the best at the work/life balance. I could go on and on, and I’m sure my friends and family could give a few more examples. In reality, I never actually succeed in any of these because perfection is relative, right?

Since the first day I stepped into my pediatric rotation in PT school, Jason Gardner as my clinical instructor can attest, I jumped right in with both feet. I thrived on the kids unexpected natures. There is no such thing as “the perfect day” when it comes to working with children. Another of my instructors, Ashley Murphree, also taught me to just pick three things at every session and forget about the rest or you'll lose your mind.

When you work with kids there’s a lot of, “Even the best laid plans... (insert bumper sticker motivation here). I never intended to work with children when I started out, but I have yet to find a more deserving and inspiring group. They remind me everyday that all we can ever really do is practice outside of perfection.

For me, here in this unfamiliar and far away country, I get the opportunity to practice waaaaay outside of perfection and it is both everything and nothing of what I expected. Even the best laid plans…

When was the last time you let your inner child guide you? I get to do this everyday and I cannot believe I get paid to do it!

Becoming a Pediatric Physical Therapist