Highly motivated and resourceful Recreation Therapist with over 15 years experience servicing populations in long-term care, rehabilitation, public schools and community settings. Energetic and reliable self-starter with a proven ability to identify, initiate, implement, manage and expand innovative programs and complete projects to the highest standard. Inspirational and effective leader, advocate, and national public speaker, known for tenacity and a positive "can do" attitude.
Recreation Therapist April 2004 to CurrentLas Cruces Public Schools － Las Cruces, NM
Conduct a comprehensive, developmental assessment of skills and functioning for students with autism, multiple impairments, visual impairments, intellectual disabilities, mild to severe physical disabilities, speech language impairments, and emotional/behavioral difficulties.
Develop individualized goals and objectives that focus on the students' physical, cognitive, and psycho- social functioning as well as the students' overall leisure and social independence.
Identify and evaluate community recreation and leisure programs which hold the greatest potential for the realization of recreation, leisure, and social community transition needs.
Develop and implement individualized lesson plans based on leisure and recreation interventions such as recreation skill development, aquatics, social skills instruction, pet assisted therapy, sensory stimulation/integration, and leisure education (leisure awareness and disability awareness/self-advocacy).
Plan, organize, and implement large, small and one on one group special events and community outings.
Friends & Relationships Class Teacher August 2011 to CurrentDepartment of Health － Las Cruces, NM
Contracted teacher of a NM Developmental Disabilities (DD) waiver service of socialization and sexuality health education for adults with developmental disabilities.
Maintained up-to-date and accurate class records Attended and presented at regional community meetings to answer questions, address concerns and explain class curriculum.
Wrote and distributed recruitment informational brochures.
Instructor Trainer August 2010 to CurrentNM Department of Game and Fish － Las Cruces, NM
Train and test people seeking to become Basic Archery Instructors (BAI).
Conduct an 8-hr BAI course designed to certify participants in the techniques, philosophies and educational methods of National Archery in the Schools Program by precisely following the BAI manual in the order and in the format outlined.
Coordinated the scheduling of 5 classes for assigned course.
Collaborated with community leaders, organizations and public agencies to promote NASP.
Recreation Therapist/Admissions Coordinator November 2002 to May 2004Heartland Health Care Center - University － Livonia, MI
Planned, organized and implemented individual and group activities for geriatric patients recovering from major surgery, stroke, heart attack, neurological and orthopedic conditions and other illnesses, injuries and disabilities.
Provided comprehensive activities/services that develop and improve physical, cognitive, emotional, and social abilities as they relate to functional independence.
Performed administrative duties including assessments, MDS, care plans, progress reports, evaluations, discharge planning.
Engaged in marketing events, patient admission process, hospital discharge planning, and family counseling.
Therapeutic Recreation Intern May 2002 to August 2002Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago － Chicago, IL
Therapeutic Recreation Internship promoted a balanced and active leisure lifestyle through the development of leisure skills, increasing knowledge of recreational resources, and community reintegration training.
Provided individual and group treatment sessions for patients with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, amputations, as well as with pediatric and chronic pain patients.
Bachelor of Science : Therapeutic Recreation, 2002Grand Valley State University － Allendale, MIGPA: Magna Cum Laude GPA: 3.878/4.00Therapeutic Recreation Magna Cum Laude GPA: 3.878/4.00
Bachelor of Arts : Spanish, 2002Grand Valley State University － Allendale, MIGPA: Magna Cum Laude GPA: 3.878/4.00Spanish Magna Cum Laude GPA: 3.878/4.00
Certification, Certification # 51532 , Initial Certification: 05/05/2003 Recertification: 5/1/2013 Certified Friends and Relationships Course Teacher, NM Department of Health: Developmental Disabilities Support Division Effective 9/2/2013 Level Two K-12 Recreational Therapist License, State of New Mexico Licensure # 302370, Effective from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2015 Basic Archery Instructor Trainer Certification, National Archery in the Schools Program Registration 33717, Effective 1/21/2011 National Safety Council First Aid Certification, American Heart Association CPR Certification
Key note speaker at the Therapeutic Recreation Oklahoma Association Annual Conference 2015 Organized and led weekly inclusive high school club meetings serving more than 30 teens with and without disabilities.
Coordinated and supervised large scale community fish education workshops, servicing 400 youth and families while directing the work of over 15 staff members and 20 volunteers.
Successfully helped develop, coach, and organize the largest NM Special Olympics Project UNIFY.
2015 - Current: Arc of NM Executive Board of Directors - Vice President of Southwest Region IV 2014 - Current: Participant in UNM Center for Developmental Disabilities Partners in Policymaking Leadership Training Program 2014 - NM Coordinator of American Therapeutic Recreation Association Joint Task Force for Recreation Therapy State Licensure. 2011 - 2014: Advocates In Action Club Advisor - Onate HS and Mayfield HS 2011 - Current: Arc of NM Member 2011 - Current: Center for Self Advocacy Supporter 2009 - 2014: American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) School Systems and Developmental Disabilities Treatment Network Team Leader 2009 - Current: Arizona Therapeutic Recreation Association Member 2007: Las Cruces Public Schools Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Report Writer Committee Team Member 2005 - Current: American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Member
competition in 2013 and 2014 Mayor Proclamation of "Spread the Word to End the R-Word Day" in the City of Las Cruces on March 20, 2012. Contribution of a case study to the publication: Lawson, L.M., Coyle, C.P. (2010). Therapeutic recreation in special education: From legislation to practice. Hattiesburg, MS: American Therapeutic Recreation Association.
administrative, Basic, brochures, Council, counseling, CPR, Department of Health, special events, First Aid, focus, functional, hr, instruction, Instructor, marketing, meetings, progress, recruitment, Safety, scheduling, speech, Teacher, Trainer
Bachelor of Science : Therapeutic Recreation , 2002 Bachelor of Arts : Spanish , 2002 Certification, Certification # 51532 , Initial Certification: 05/05/2003 Recertification: 5/1/2013 Certified Friends and Relationships Course Teacher, NM Department of Health: Developmental Disabilities Support Division Effective 9/2/2013 Level Two K-12 Recreational Therapist License, State of New Mexico Licensure # 302370, Effective from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2015 Basic Archery Instructor Trainer Certification, National Archery in the Schools Program Registration 33717, Effective 1/21/2011 National Safety Council First Aid Certification, American Heart Association CPR Certification
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