Our October 2014 Clinician of the Month, Helen! Our October 2014 Clinician of the Month, Helen!

We have a tradition of honoring a clinician each month who exemplifies one of the core values of our organization. This month we have chosen to recognize Helen, for the way she models our value of “Put Kids First!”

Helen took a leap into the Hello There service model this fall! She is serving middle school students at 2 schools in Corvallis, OR. District administrators approached Hello with big needs and a complex set of limitations. Facing a new service model, an unfamiliar caseload, and no available assistant time, she impressed staff with her “can-do” attitude. Not having an assistant has been a bit of a hurdle, but she has managed her own anxieties, put kids first, and has been able to assure staff “we can make it work!”

After her first month on the job, she reports, “I am hoping to help some of the hesitant sped teachers next week with FaceTime or Skype in order for me to [be on video] during meetings instead of just … speaker phone. I find that I do a lot of PR and reassuring folks that using technology is just fine and will work well.”

Thank you, Helen, for truly putting kids first – even when it means taking some risks! Congratulations on being our October 2014 THF Clinician of the Month!