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Congratulations to Christine Weston, OTS on being accepted to Summer Institute of Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy sponsored by, the American Occupational Therapy Association, in collaboration with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

The Summer Institute of Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy is a  program that will match potential student scientists with doctoral students and post-doctoral mentors. The purpose of this program is to: (1) to identify potential scientists in entry-level education programs; (2) to connect potential entry-level scientists with mentors in the occupational therapy scientific community; and (3) to develop a peer network.  

Christine Weston has been selected as one of twenty students from the entire United States to participate in this program. Christine has recently been inducted to the national occupational therapy honor society. She has also been awarded a Community Practice grant for her work at the Brooklyn Children's Museum to provide sensory experiences to children with and without disabilities. In addition to developing clinical skills for occupational therapy practice, Christine has set the goal of earning a PhD and investigating  the prevalence of sensory processing differences in children born pre term, the impact of the sensory stimulation experienced in the NICU on infants’ development, and  OT interventions that can be used to ameliorate these sensory challenges.

 

Student Occupational Therapy Association Activities

SUNY Downstate's Student Occupational Therapy Association is dedicated to serving the OT student body by running a variety of events throughout the year that are educational, extracurricular, and benefit the community, such as:

  • New Student Orientation
  • Winter Holiday Party
  • Occupational Therapy Month in April
  • Backpack Awareness Day
  • Autism Fair
  • Annual participation in the New York State Occupational Therapy Association's Lobby Day
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Capitol Hill Day
  • Triwall Project at Brooklyn UCP
  • Fundraising to support AOTA conference representative
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness annual NAMIWALK

Studying and reaching out to the community.


Pi Theta Epsilon, National Honor Society, Alpha KAPPA chapter

 

Each year, we induct students from our graduating class into the Alpha KAPPA chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society for the occupational therapy profession. pithetaepsilon

These students, who represent a wide range of undergraduate and professional backgrounds, have achieved academic excellence and made significant contributions through volunteer activities. They receive certificates and will wear the Pi Theta Epsilon honor cords at graduation.

National Backpack Awareness Day

Photo of school children weighing themselves with their backpacksChild with large backpackGroup photo of Back Pack Day

 

Annually, students from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program participate in Backpack Awareness Day in public schools across Brooklyn.  After teaching children the tenets of safe backpack use by using fun and interactive trivia, games, and skits, occupational therapy students hold a backpack weigh-in to determine if each student’s backpack meets weight guidelines.

This local effort is part of National School Backpack Awareness Day events sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association and held around the country, to educate children, parents, teachers, and communities about the serious health effects from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.

For more information, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National School Backpack Awareness Day web site »

 

Capitol Hill Day & NYSOTA Lobby Day

 

Group photo of second year OT students on Capital Hill

 

To advocate for the profession, students from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Occupational Therapy program attend the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C. and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) Lobby Day in Albany, N.Y.

For more information, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Hill Day web site »

Or join the New York State Occupational Therapy Association Lobby Day Facebook page »

 

 

 

 

 

Triwall Project at UCP Brooklyn

Each year, as part of their course related to designing and customizing positioning systems and environments for people with disabilities, the occupational therapy students at SUNY Downstate fabricate a variety of seating and standing positioners for children with physical disabilities who receive services at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP Brooklyn).   Faculty member, Richard Sabel M.A., OTR, MPH, GCFP coordinates this event in collaboration with alumi Derrick Ko, MA, OTR and Adaptive Design Association.  Students work collaboratively with occupational therapists and special educators at UCP Brooklyn, who have identified children who would benefit from specialized equipment to improve their function and posture in the wheelchair, or enable them to stand, sit on the floor, or sit at a child-height-table. Triwall is a heavy cardboard material that is inexpensive, yet durable.  It is an ideal material for fabricating equipment for growing children, who will need new equipment on an annual basis.