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Occupational Therapy

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Graduate Student Internships in Occupational Therapy

Program Description

The pediatric clinical affiliation is two to thirteen weeks in length. Student affiliates are supervised in accordance with Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®).

Population

  • Multiply Disabled Classification
  • Early intervention, preschool, elementary and middle school students (birth to 14 years of age)
  • Evaluation and treatment on-site at P.G. Chambers School and off-site at school contracts (birth to 21 years of age)

Program Highlights

  • Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Splinting and adaptive clinics
  • Adaptive technology
  • Sensory integration
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Life Skills Group
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Brain Gym

Helpful Coursework and Experience

  • Neuroscience and gross anatomy
  • Pediatric reflexes
  • Normal, abnormal, and developmental psychology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Developmental milestones
  • Pediatric assessments
  • Therapy ball techniques
  • Sensory integration
  • Splinting
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Technology

OT Observational Volunteer Hours
Opportunities exist for observation volunteer hours for undergraduate students. Contact information is below.

Contact

Student Coordinators Lisa Grau, OTR at graul@chambersschool.org or Becky Tate, OTR at tateb@chambersschool.org

Professional Organization:

For more information about requirements for occupational therapy certification, please check the following website: www.aota.org

Quotes

“P.G. Chambers School has given Seton Hall a superb learning opportunity. Our health science students share in the work of skilled therapists servicing children and their families.”

Catherine Noble Colucci, Director of OT Clinical Education, Seton Hall University

“P.G. Chambers School has provided a quality fieldwork experience to our students year after year, for both Level I and Level II experiences. Our students have consistently reported back that the staff was welcoming, supportive and knowledgeable; that they had freedom to be creative in their therapeutic activities and techniques; and that they were held to a high standard of practice. I had the opportunity this summer to visit one of our fieldwork students at the school and was able to see how she had become a vital member of the classroom teams and how supportive and confident the teams were in her abilities as a therapist.”

Rita Daly, Director of OT Clinical Education, Ithaca College

“This school provides opportunities to experience a variety of students with special needs and the occupational therapy process in relating goals and treatment to the school curriculum. Regarding supervision, the supervisors provided opportunities for new learning and to explore/work independently. They provided guidance and feedback as needed.”

Kristina Vilonen, Director OT Clinical Education, Dominican College

“As a student at PG Chambers School I was given the opportunity to learn and share my ideas with a tremendously talented and passionate group of people. There is no limit of possibilities for learning experiences here and the staff and students are the best.”

Ryan Ahern, BSHS, MOTS, Quinnipiac University