Melanie Thompson, OTR/L, ATP, Uses Passion to Help Kids Learn Skills Through Play Therapy
Melanie assists individuals and their families with the availability of power mobility devices. Some families cannot afford a power wheelchair or insurances companies will not cover, so Melanie created a training program to provide children (including those with limited head control) the skills needed using a trial power wheelchair and alternative access devices – because every child deserves the experience to play.
Melanie’s success and passion led her to start two nonprofit organizations: Believe Beyond Ability and Gye Di. Believe Beyond Ability focuses on making communities provide more assistive technology for children. Gye Di’s mission is to provide a safe and inviting environment without limitations for children, regardless of their challenges. For example, offering inclusive recreation centers for children with complex needs.
We are proud to announce that Melanie has been awarded the 2022 NBCOT OTR Impact Award. This award was given to Melanie for her actions that support NBCOT’s mission of “serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice.” She is one of four recipients to receive this award.