At Applied Success Inc. we strive to deliver our services with compassion and empathy. Whether it is with our coaching or our education therapy services, we want individuals to truly feel that their concerns are heard. Secondly, this topic is near and dear to my heart as my husband and I have a son with ADHD. Therefore, it seemed natural that this would be the path we would walk down – the specialization in area that I know better than any other, ADHD.
Robin graduated from the USC Department of Occupational Therapy in 2000. She is the owner and director of Applied Success, Inc., a company dedicated to providing support to individuals, families and educational systems for children and young adults struggling with learning differences. Robin has developed the Applied Success Coaching Model , which guides the her ADHD and Executive Functions coaching programs. Robin runs weekly programs and workshops on resiliency and caregiver fatigue. She has spoken at state and national conferences on the topic of caregiver fatigue and resiliency. Robin is the originator and facilitator of an ADHD parent support group in Thousand Oaks, California. She is an ADHD Certified Clinical Service Provider (ADHD-CCSP), as well as a member of Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a professional level member of CHADD. Robin serves on the Board of Directors for the Center 4 Special Needs, a non-fit organization in Thousand Oaks working to bridge the gaps for children, adolescents and adults with developmental delays
Robin has dedicated her career to serving families and individuals diagnosed with attention deficit disorders (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), genetically based disorders, sensory processing disorders (SPD), generalized developmental delays and specific learning disabilities (SLD). She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including the California school system where she served students ages 3-22 years old. She has also served families within the community, home and clinic settings for children ages 0-18 years old.
Robin Schlundt Bodien, MA, OTR/L, ADHD-CCSP, ASC-ADHD Occupational Therapist, Certified Clinical Service Provider – ADHD, Applied Success Coach
The History behind Applied Success
Thank you for your interest in Applied Success Inc. and our services. I would like to share the history of Applied Success, Inc. and its development from a very personal perspective. As an Occupational Therapist, I inherently believe in the value of narratives and their healing potential. I strive to help every client feel comfortable enough to share their story openly and in an effort of equanimity with my clients, I share my story publicly with you all.
Applied Success began its journey 20 years ago. While it was not yet a company, it was growing within me each step of the way on my path as a developing Occupational Therapist, parent and long-term caregiver to my amazing father, Leo Farley (1939-2016). During the early stages of my marriage and as my husband and I started having children, I served the developmentally delayed pediatric population within the community and clinic settings as an OT. As my children grew and became school aged, I moved my career into the public school system, supporting students and teachers from preschool age through post-secondary programming.
During this time, I began to struggle with demands of parenting 3 children, one with ADHD, caring for my father with declining health and still showing up to work with enthusiasm and the emotional capacity to serve my students and colleagues. In 2014 and into 2015, my father’s long struggle with cancer became more serious and I finally had to step away from work demands to regroup and refocus. During that time, my husband and I were struggling with our son’s ADHD symptoms at home and at school and were challenged with medication management and mental health comorbidities of ADHD.
My father passed away in March 2016, after fighting lung cancer for 16 years. We were so lucky to have won so many mini-battles with cancer along the way. However, cancer took its final stand on March 18, 2016. Now, in the midst of overwhelming sadness, it was time to begin the journey of healing. This is where I found compassion fatigue as I began working through the Accelerated Resiliency Program by Dr. Eric Gentry and colleagues.
With my renewed sense of strength and focus, I returned to the school district for the 2016-2017 school year, determined to share the comfort, clarity, and resiliency that I experienced working through the program.
Later in 2017, I rented an office and began serving clients as a sole-practitioner. I provided school-based services using a telehealth format with video conferencing. I enjoyed working with students, in this format, more than I would have ever expected. It was challenging, yet still familiar. It felt like the best of both worlds. My coaching services evolved into what has now become the Applied Success Coaching Model. I began running compassion fatigue workshops at the individual and organizational levels. I expanded the reach of my audience and started speaking publicly about compassion fatigue and ADHD related issues. While I had been working as a sole-practitioner under an informal business structure, I soon realized in order to keep up with the growth my business was experiencing, I had to create a more formal structure. Hence, Applied Success incorporated with the state of California and Applied Success, Inc. officially became its own entity.
Applied Success, Inc. is a company that I created from my passion to serve others and offer quality service and supports to those struggling with the issues that I know and understand best.
I understand the challenges of raising a child with ADHD because I live the struggles and rewards every day.
I understand compassion fatigue because I experienced it and grew exponentially in my journey of healing.
I understand educationally based services because I have been a school-based provider for 10+ years and have navigated the IEP process as a parent.
I understand coaching because I have been coaching my whole life, I just didn’t always know it.
Robin Schlundt Bodien, MA, OTR/L
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