Virginia College in Richmond OTA Students Engaged and Participating in the OT Process
Apr 10, 2014
Students enrolled in the occupational therapy assistant program on the Richmond campus have fully embraced their program training during the 2014 Winter Term. The inaugural class is completing coursework in Activity Analysis and Performance, Human Lifespan Development and Pediatric Principles and Practice.
Incorporated into the classroom setting were opportunities to "experience" being disabled which included a trip to a local store. Students had to embrace their disability while shopping including entering/exiting the store and reaching and accessing items from shelves. Students created a wheelchair bag as a sewing project which involved analyzing required body function skills, performance patterns and socialization skills; for many this was their first time using a sewing machine!
The pediatrics class utilized technology in the classroom via Skype with a parent and child participant in Germany while our students here on campus assessed developmental milestones. In addition, students practiced administering pediatric assessments with "guests" in the classroom.
Probably the most exciting portion of the term was their participation in their first Level I fieldwork within a Pediatric setting. Students attended a fieldwork site 1 day per week as part of the course to incorporate classroom learning skills into actual practice. Settings included elementary schools, schools for children with autism, a child daycare center, and child and adolescent behavioral health settings.