Company/Organization: The Children's Therapy Center
Topic of Internship
Pediatric Physical Therapy
The Children's Therapy Center (CTC) provides educational and therapeutic services for children with developmental disabilities. It is comprised of board certified and licensed professionals in many different fields including Education, Speech/Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Nursing, and Social Work. The main goal of The Children’s Therapy Center is to provide a nurturing and caring environment to enrich the lives of the students and maximize their potential while lending support to their families. The Center was created for children with Cerebral Palsy but over the past 60 years it has grown to provide creative education and advanced therapies to children with many different types of disabilities - children who face physical, medical and developmental challenges. There are two campuses to provide educational and physical support for children from preschool up to middle school. The Fair Lawn Campus serves children 18 months through 6 years of age, while the Midland Park campus serves children ages 7 through 13 years of age.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at The Children’s Therapy Center, I have been given the unique opportunity to receive a hands-on learning approach within the field of physical therapy. I began my first few days at my internship very nervous as to what it would entail, however, I was welcomed into CTC with smiling, helpful faces. Each staff member was willing to answer any questions I had, and they were all very friendly. A typical day for me includes shadowing the physical therapists, and working with children hands-on in the classrooms. Being that I am not a trained physical therapist, I am not allowed to work with the children during their PT time, however, that has not inhibited my learning. Simply observing and listening to the physical therapists has given me a world of knowledge that I will forever be grateful for. As a high school intern in a setting where normally high school students are not allowed, I have been given much more freedom than I expected. I do not file papers or clean equipment; I am able to work with the children. Going into internship each week and hearing that the children missed me or asked when I was coming back are memories that will last a lifetime. I have learned many valuable lessons that I know will help me in my future. I am so thankful that my Senior Experience was at The Children’s Therapy Center. It has given me such an unbelievable education experience that I will hold with me for the rest of my life.
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