OT4KIDS believes that clinical education is an essential component for skilled, confident, and dedicated therapy professionals. We pride ourselves in being a learning facility, and regularly host students in different capacities. Our program provides a structured learning environment to expose students to a strong, integrated approach to working with children in a family-centered, play-based environment. We accept observers, volunteers, interns, fieldwork students and graduate therapy students. Please contact your schools Academic Coordinator to set up therapy fieldwork placements.
Please contact Katie Clemmer, Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Clinical education experiences are designed to foster clinical competency, reasoning skills, and professional development of students, with the goal of successfully transitioning from a student to the role of an entry-level practitioner. It is our goal to develop clinicians who are prepared to meet the challenges of the pediatric population, and who will contribute to the knowledge base within their respective professions.
What to Expect
Dress includes scrubs, plain shirts, khakis, and jeans. Please park in either of the two gravel areas. Upon arrival you will sign a HIPPA form and receive a visitor name tag. Please be professional at all times, ask questions discreetly or after sessions, and check with therapists prior to sessions to make sure that it is ok to observe.
Volunteer / Observation
An observation affiliation is defined as a student shadowing a therapist or assistant while observing patient care, but performing no direct treatment to a patient. If you are interested in shadowing, need hours for graduate school applications, or would like to have the opportunity to assess if a career in pediatric therapy is a good fit for you, contact us for more information. Availability for volunteer placements at OT4KIDS will vary and be determined on a case by case basis. Volunteers will have opportunities to observe treatment sessions and support clinical staff through various projects assigned. The student coordinator will set up dates and times for you to observe that best meet the needs of our clients and staff.
YOU must bring any documentation or paperwork needing signatures for credit or referral at the time of observation. Due to the high volume of students, we cannot keep records of past students.
Occupational Therapy Student Placement
If you are interested in pursuing a Level I or II placement with us, please contact your Academic Fieldwork coordinator and encourage them to reach out to us.
We cannot accept students directly based on personal request. We require contractual agreements with the academic institution the student attends. Due to the clinical and professional demands of our environment, students must have a strong desire to work in pediatrics. We complete an interview process to identify appropriate candidates.
Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy Student Placement
We now offer student placements for PT and PTA students depending on therapist availablity. We also offer placement for SLP and SLPA students, as well as Speech therapy interns. Please contact our student coordinator for more information.
Internships provide eligible university students with unpaid, practical, hands-on work experience in a professional health care setting. We have worked closely with students at the Bachelors level in assisting them with meeting university requirements. Placements are extremely limited and competitive, and an interview will take place to determine the best fit.