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Hands at Home Therapy was started in 2015 by a desperate College Station mama whose preschooler needed more therapy than she could deliver each and every day. That mama is me, Amy Stokes. In the years since, more than 100 students have helped me implement daily therapy sessions, and the result is phenomenal. My son reads and understands content seven grade levels beyond that of his neurotypical peers.

Each semester I select an elite team of Volunteer Therapists (VTs), and many are reselected and choose to return until they graduate. They leave prepared to run a fluid therapy session with their special needs clients and engage patients in their future healthcare, therapy, or teaching careers. Everyone wins.

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With HHT, you earn the privilege of working hands-on with a patient before receiving your license—an opportunity that’s hard to come by. It’s competitive, it requires initiative, and you learn to manage a fluid therapy session on your own. Our process is: attend an informational, apply, interview, train, and tryout. And then if you make the team, you grow. Like. Crazy.  

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From an Alumna

From alumna Meredith Gary on July 23, 2020

Hello!

I’m emailing instead of texting because I’m currently watching your SPED Homeschool broadcast on my phone. I just wanted to reach out and say that I think of you and [your son] often! Warning … Long message ahead!

I started OT school at TWU in Dallas in June, and am currently just learning the basic frameworks and general foundations for practice (plus gross anatomy… ew). The more I learn here, the more I recognize the extent to which working with [your son] has prepared me for a career in occupational therapy–and in ways that I couldn’t even comprehend at the time.

Client-centered focus is a pillar for occupational therapy practice, and HHT could not be a better way to practice that! I have been able to easily grasp concepts and visualize several examples for different frameworks and “best practices” because of my experience with [your son] that most of my classmates do not have.

I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity, and for trusting me with your son for the seven months I was with you guys! It has been invaluable in my education and personally, and I don’t even have words I can use to adequately express to you what it has meant to me!

When I got your message about [your son] making breakfast totally on his own a few weeks ago, I was at a study group and I teared up! I was so excited, and told my friends all about it. They were so blown away after I explained the whole concept to them, and they said they wished they’d had something like that when they were in undergrad.

Knowing that he was able to fully meet the goal we had worked toward for so long was such a rewarding moment, and I was so proud. I can’t believe I get to do that for my JOB! I genuinely feel that being a part of HHT with you and [your son] was the primary factor that has shaped my ability to grasp concepts of occupational therapy and has already prepared me for my career as an OT.

Sorry for sending you such a long message, I know you will barely have time to read this! Please let me know if you ever need an alum to talk about the benefits of HHT for graduate programs in healthcare. I really enjoyed those [events] when I was on the team. I’d love to help out in any way that I can. Love and miss you guys, and hope you’re staying safe and well!

Love from a thankful OT student,

Meredith Gary

To Parents

I didn’t plan on homeschooling, but given my son’s learning challenges, I recognized the need and benefit of an intensive, high frequency therapy program. And given my budget, it had to be done at home. By me.

I’m glad I muddled through until I could build the support team we needed. He now reads at a level 7 years beyond his neurotypical peers. The work was and is worth it.

We’re in our sixth year now, and I still pinch myself–amazed that we have an overabundance of applicants and committed volunteers who rave about our program and the experience they’ve gained.

If you feel you’re muddling through like I was, let me say “I feel ya, mama.” I still have those days. But in the five to six years of recruiting, training, and managing teams of volunteers, I’ve learned several tips and tricks that make my program renewable and somewhat self-sustaining. (Can you believe I have volunteers who support me administratively, as well?)

Let me assure you, there are people willing to help. You’re not alone. If you’re interested learning more, contact me.