Mr. Peng obtained a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Medicine from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in 2012. He has a rehabilitation therapist certificate, rehabilitation doctor certificate, and medical college teacher qualification certificate. He completed speech therapist training at the China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech in 2014. He completed his clinical study at Jiamusi University Children’s Rehabilitation Center and completed speech-language therapist teacher training in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Daniel has experience in teaching and clinical work, and has provided both assessment and treatment for children with various diagnoses, including autism, ADHD, and swallowing and eating disorders. His research interests have focused on the development of cognitive and verbal potential of children with cerebral palsy and autistic spectrum disorders. Peng Bo speaks Mandarin Chinese and English.
How long have you been in China?
I was born here, raised here, and received of my education here too. I got my medical master’s degree in Harbin, and obtained a rehabilitation physician qualification in 2012 and therapist qualification in 2014.
Why did you choose to work at LIH Olivia’s Place?
I love to work with kids with special needs, and want to learn more about different professionals that also work with the same population. Apart from this, I enjoy working in groups where we can exchange our expertise and learn new tools and information. In my job today, team work is still one of the most important work values for me. Also, I like attending conferences where we can get good feedback on our works, meet new people, and old friends.
Why did you choose your field?
I decided to get my degree in rehabilitation medicine because it is something that has always come naturally to me. I chose to be a speech therapist because I wanted to help children and parents by teaching them about speech, feeding, and articulation/phonology. As an exercise rehabilitation/speech major, I’m looking forward to putting my clinical skills and communication abilities to work in addition to all that I’ve learned from my courses. I have always enjoyed spending time with children with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder and when I am in the therapy room I do not feel like I am working because I love being there! I feel my effective listening and patience really helps me connect with kids.
What are some of the most rewarding experiences you have had in your chosen profession?
Children with autism spectrum disorder all have something important to say, but they can’t express themselves as well or as easily as other children. Our professional knowledge helps parents and caregivers learn powerful strategies for helping a child communicate to the best of his ability. As a speech therapist, I can help parents decide which approaches could benefit their child.
What’s your favorite thing about living working at LIH Olivia’s Place?
What excites me about my work at LIH Olivia’s Place is great inter-disciplinary work. I enjoy the people with whom I work. It is a friendly and fun atmosphere and I actually enjoy going into work each morning. I feel the leadership team is great as well. I also enjoy that fact that we do community outreach with local organizations. The best LIH Olivia’s Place medical services help Chinese children. When you love your job you will be better motivated, more enthusiastic, and productive.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?
Five years from now, I would like to see myself in a speech therapist position. I’m going to be learning and gaining practical experience until then, but eventually, I want to become one of the most excellent speech therapists in China. I know there are a lot of things to learn, but I’m going to be working hard for the next five years. I believe opportunities come to great workers and I’m going to try to be one of them