My name is Sarah Caswell and I am an Occupational Therapist working in Grand Cayman. For those of you that do not know where Cayman is (because I certainly didn’t before moving here!) we are located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman is approximately 22 miles long and at its widest point it is 8 miles wide.
I completed my Master of Occupational Therapy in Canada in 2011 and then went on to work in acute neurosurgery for 4 years. Brain injury and neurological conditions have always been a passion of mine however, when I found myself in Grand Cayman my eyes were opened to new group of individuals (those on the spectrum) and their unique needs.
In 2015 I started working at a school in Grand Cayman for children (year 1-12) that can not attend mainstream school due to cognitive and/or physical impairments. This school currently has 4 Autism Spectrum Disorder classrooms that our support services team is highly involved in. Despite having a specialist setting our students have daily challenges that impact their ability to participate and fully engage in their school environment. It is my desire to improve their engagement and experience in the school setting that led me to enroll in the SI Module 1 online course.
I am looking forward to using the information from this course to better understand my uniquely amazing students and in turn hope to improve their experiences at school. I am so grateful for this online learning opportunity as living on a small Caribbean island (which some may call paradise!) can present challenges related to further education and specialist courses.