Level II Fieldwork Diaries: School-Based Pediatrics Week 4

Hey readers! I just finished week 4 of level II fieldwork in a school system, and it is going GREAT! I am starting to feel much more confident in data collection, interventions, and evaluations. My caseload has increased quite a bit in the last two weeks, and I have performed and written up two evaluations. I have also gotten some great supportive and constructive feedback from my supervisor. Since this is my second level II fieldwork in a pediatric setting, I was able to jump in pretty quickly. This is what I’ve been up to:

Week 3

  • Plan and provide OT intervention for 5 students and a sensory group
  • Observe 1 evaluation
  • Administer additional standardized assessments for 1 student
  • Problem solve environmental set-up for a student during lunch group
  • Co-treat/observe treatment for the remainder of my supervisor’s caseload, including a keyboarding & technology group and a life skills group

Week 4

  • Plan and provide OT intervention for 6 students and a sensory group
  • Independently perform and write reports for 2 evaluations using the following assessments: Beery VMI™, DeCoste Writing Protocol, and BOT™-2
  • Begin to “divide and conquer” with my supervisor & provide OT services independently
  • Co-treat/observe treatment for the remainder of my supervisor’s caseload, including a keyboarding & technology group and a life skills group
  • Participate in a professional development webinar about dignity in the school system
  • Pitched 3 ideas for my final project & decided which one to go with (hint: it has to do with life skills)

I can’t believe how quickly this fieldwork is moving. I am already 1/3 of the way done! I am starting to feel much more confident implementing students’ OT programs, collecting data, and analyzing data. I am still getting comfortable writing up eval reports, but I am feeling confident administering standardized assessments. Overall, I am having a great experience and have already grown so much as a future OT! Covid-19 has thrown a wrench in our plans a few times, but we have adapted and made it work. Thanks for reading!

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