MOT Alumna embraces continuing education
Caitlin Lamping Class of 2013
Although 2013 MOT graduate Caitlin Lamping felt that she was well prepared to work as an occupational therapist, she also embraces the opportunities to extend learning as a professional. Her particular area of interest? Sensory processing disorder.
In July, Lamping attended the four-day Advanced Intensive Mentorship: Diagnosis and Treatment of SPD Level I course at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder near Denver, Colorado. One prerequisite to taking the course is two years of pediatric experience working with children with SPD.
Lamping said two of the big takeaways from the session were the involvement of families in therapy sessions at the STAR Institute, which is a research and training center, and the focus on process rather than activities.
"It has been interesting to see that and think of ways I can work that into what I do," said Lamping, who is currently practicing part-time while also homeschooling her children.
Lamping studies psychology and child learning and development as an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Dallas before pursuing her graduate studies in Occupational Therapy.
"SPD is really what first drew me to OT. I worked in college at an ABA therapist at a treatment center for kids with autism... I just found it fascinating. I have some sensory processing differences myself so it was nice to have an understanding of what those are and how to manage them."
Also attending the Institute during the same session was Karin J Barnes, Ph.D., OTR associate professor of occupational therapy, who was Lamping's graduate advisor.
Lamping credits her education at the School for preparing her.
"I definitely felt ready to be a therapist - still wanting to learn more, still wanting experience," she said. "The professors were so passionate about what they were teaching, it just made all the difference."