After spending this past semester abroad in Scotland, I am now interning in about the most opposite city I could possibly choose: Miami. I’m interning at FIU’s Summer Treatment Program for children with behavioral disorders and more specifically, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. This program, run by Dr. William Pelham, is the leading research center for ADHD and I am so blessed to be able to work for him and gain experience with these children since this is the area of research I am interested in continuing long term. As a counselor, we are basically administering behavioral modification treatment to the children and, as part of the study that is being conducted, their medication is altered daily which makes each day exciting to say the least. Day to day, we are with the children all day and take them through various activities which consists of 2 class periods, an art class, and 2 sports games. To prepare for the internship, we had to memorize a 400 page manual of all the rules the children have to follow and definitions of behaviors that we track for each child. To say the least, it has easily been the most challenging and exhausting job I have ever had. I absolutely love all of my children (and obvi have my favorites) but they are such a handful and I have gained an entire new outlook on ADHD as a disorder and the deficits that these children face.
One of my favorites parts about the internship though is that it is based right in Miami! Even though I’m from Orlando, Miami isn’t a place that I visit often so living down here for 2 months has been such a fun time! There’s so much to do every weekend; the beaches are beautiful, and The Keys are only an hour away! However, it is a lot different than I expected and is never a place I would want to live full time. But it is definitely a summer I will remember and I have made pals that I will for sure keep in touch with long term! Look below for some pics of me and the crew*~*~* MORE IMPORTANTLY: T-Minus 19 days until I’m back in Lex for preseason aka the happiest place and the happiest time of year!!
Peace n’ luv n’ GO GENNIES