Level II Fieldwork Diaries: School-Based Pediatrics Week 6

Hey readers and happy midterm! This week, my supervisor and I completed my midterm evaluation and it went really well! I got lots of positive feedback with some areas to work on for the next six weeks. I’m starting to find my “groove” as a school-based occupational therapy intern, including finding my own unique OT style and personality within the schools. There are lots of similarities and differences between outpatient and school-based pediatrics, and I’m so grateful that I have had the experience to work in both. Here is what I’ve been up to for the last two weeks:

Week 5

  • Plan & implement 10 OT sessions
  • Perform 1 OT evaluation including the Beery VMI™ & DeCoste Writing Protocol
  • Lead a Sensory Group, Life Skills Group, Lunch Bunch Group, and Keyboarding & Technology Group
  • Participate in team meetings and consultations

Week 6

  • My supervisor is really starting to give me more independence in my treatment sessions and evaluations!
  • Plan & implement 12 OT sessions
  • Perform 1 OT evaluation including the BOT™-2
  • Lead a Sensory Group, Life Skills Group, Lunch Bunch Group, and Keyboarding & Technology Group
  • Participate in team meetings and consultations
  • Observe/Co-Treat with a COTA at the high school
  • Assist in COTA supervision and training in OT programming

Midterm Goals

  • Become more confident and competent in performing hoyer lift transfers and monitoring seizures
  • Be able to modify evaluation procedures/OT sessions as needed
  • Develop goals and plans of care using evaluation results
  • Participate in greater levels of supervision of staff, including COTAs, ABA Tutors, & Instructional Assistants
  • Independently seek out information and communicate with team members as it relates to students’ OT evaluations and interventions
  • Develop my own OT “style” in the school setting to make interventions motivating and client-centered

I’m so excited for the next 6 weeks! Thanks for reading!

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