Our Story

Laura O’Rourke was born in 1976 in Warren, Pa. She grew up in Marienville, Pa and attended East Forest School. She never really had much interest in kids, and was a babysitter for only one summer. She loved playing sports, being in the band, and singing in the chorus. She worked at a factory in Sheffield, Pa. for 2 summers, and learned that this was not to be her life’s path. Laura’s aunt, Linda Summers, was an occupational therapist. She had a big house and a fancy car, and Laura thought that looked pretty good. So, in 1994, she enrolled at D’Youville College in the BS/MS Occupational Therapy program.

Laura never thought she would work with kids, but when she had her first fieldwork experience at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, that all changed. She went on to intern at Baker Family Services pre-school program, where she gagged while wiping little noses and was sick the entire fieldwork rotation, but loved seeing these children so full of energy and excitement. Then, at the end of her schooling, the opportunity to return to Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for an advanced rotation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was realized.

Laura loved the NICU and working with the tiniest babies! She helped develop the assessment tool used in the NICU by the physical and occupational therapists through hours of research on child development. After graduation, Laura worked at Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES in Spencerport, NY. She began working with elementary and high school age children, and within a few short years, she was seeing babies in their homes as part of the early intervention program at BOCES.

When Laura became pregnant with her first child, Joseph, she realized that she would like to be closer to her extended family. So she and her husband, Ray, moved back to Northwest Pa. Laura began working for several different early intervention companies seeing children ages birth to three in their homes. After several years, and several more babies (Gabby & Meghan), Laura realized her dream of starting her own business, Therapy To Go in February 2008. Therapy To Go was chosen because it was a name under which Laura could expand in any direction (home health, long term care, etc).

Initially, Laura was the only staff member for the first years. Then, as more babies (Elise & Kelsey) came into her life, she had the need for maternity coverage. She was joined by several other Occupational Therapists, who stayed with her after maternity coverage. Then, a teacher, physical therapist, and eventually some speech therapists joined the team. Now that Laura had a team of therapists and teachers dedicated to children, she felt the need to clarify her business name. She no longer wanted a generic name that could apply to any company. After many nights pondering what would best describe her company, Laura chose Amazing Kids.

Now, Laura has been on a personal journey defining what she and her company are about and what they stand for. It has been incredible to see her dream realized. Amazing Kids is all about children. The most incredible children on the planet. The ones who are here to teach us the most if we are willing to listen. It is not about fancy cars and big houses. It is about spending time with these tiny miracles and helping them to realize their fullest potential.