Class Trips!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all staying warm!

As part of the Advanced Pediatric course I am taking this semester, we are required to make 3 visits to Jefferson Center, about 5 minutes away from campus. Jefferson Center is a special education school with classes for a wide variety of students, including multi-disabled, elementary autistic, secondary autistic, and life skills.

For our visits, we have been paired with one of our classmates and assigned to a teacher and classroom at the school. Our first visit will just include an observation of the classroom. During this time, we will have a chance to introduce ourselves to the teachers and students and gain a better understanding of the classroom dynamic and environment. I am not sure what to expect but I am really looking forward to this first visit.

For our second visit, we will be planning a classroom activity. This activity will be based off the observations that were made during our first visit, as well as a discussion with the teacher about what she feels is appropriate for the class and the needs of all the students. I am hoping that this will be a fun day for both myself and the students in the class.

During our third and final visit, we will be administering a standardized assessment, most likely to the teacher of the classroom. As an occupational therapist, the use of standardized assessments is essential to promote evidence-based outcomes and demonstrate high-quality, effective services to our clients. Therefore, it is important that we learn how to properly administer these assessments as students in order to ensure we can effectively use them as professionals. This will be a good opportunity for us to practice using a standardized assessment in a real classroom setting.

In addition to our 3 visits to the Jefferson Center, we will also be running a play group at the Trinity Child Care Center. This is an officially designated Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center in the Scranton area. The program was designed for children who are medically fragile or technology dependent, and require medical care throughout the day. As a class, we will be running a play group for the children at the day care. I am looking forward to this fun and educational experience.

As you can see, I have plenty of class trips scheduled for the semester. These opportunities offer a way to apply the skills learned in the classroom to a real-life setting, something I think is extremely important and beneficial. Our professors are always searching for ways to incorporate hands-on learning into our program and I feel this has made a huge, positive impact on my overall learning experience. Looking forward to sharing my experiences with you!

Have a good week! 🙂

The Beginning of Many Lasts

As my last semester as a University of Scranton student begins, so does the long list of “lasts” that come along with it. My last drive back to school after winter break. My last first day of classes. My last syllabus week. The list goes on. It is almost impossible to wrap my head around the fact that once May 30th arrives, my life as a University of Scranton student will end.

But a new chapter of my life will begin and I am confident that I will be ready for whatever life has in store for me because of the lessons I have learned and experiences I have had during these past 5 years.

Enough of the depressing talk. I am convinced to make this last semester a memorable one. There are so many exciting things to look forward to..even if they are the last ones I will have the privilege of experiencing.

First, Shamrockin’ Eve will be held on Friday, March 13th. This is an event hosted by the University of Scranton exclusively for alumni in the classes of 2005-2014 and seniors in the class of 2015. As a senior last year, I attended my first Shamrockin’ Eve and am extremely excited to attend the event again this year. 

Secondly, the Annual OT Graduate Student Spring Fling will be held on March 28th. This is a fundraising event for the Thomas Jerome House (TJH), a nonprofit organization serving troops with traumatic brain injuries. TJH was created by Scranton alumnus after a fellow classmate CPT Thomas Jerome Hromisin, who was injured while serving in Iraq.

Finally, May 18th will be Scholarship Day for all of the graduate students of the OT Master’s program. This is a day when all our professors, other Scranton faculty, and our parents gather to celebrate all we have accomplished over the past 5 years. The graduate students, including myself, will present our research projects that we have been working since the beginning of the school year. It is an exciting day that we work very hard for and as much as I do not want to rush this semester, it is a special event to look forward to.

These are just a few of the many great events I’m sure I will be attending throughout the semester. I can’t wait to see what exciting times the next few months have in store for me.

Kara 🙂