Company/Organization: Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School
Topic of Internship
Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School is part of the Fairfield School District, located in Fairfield, NJ. It is a community public school that serves students from kindergarten to third grade. The Fairfield School District is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group “GH”, which is the third-highest of the eight groupings, labeled A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, and J. These District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. It is one of two elementary schools in the school district. It is a public school that serves 395 students overall. In 2011, Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School had 16 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The NJ average is usually 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Summary of Internship
I intern with the only occupational therapist in school, Ms. Sonal. Occupational therapy is the assessment and the treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life. Occupational therapists can work with anyone of any age, and help them overcome the effects of disability caused by physical or psychological illness, whether by aging or by accident. They can work in hospitals or various community settings, such as schools. They can also visit clients at home to monitor their progress.
Typically, I arrive at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School by 8:30am. Since I only go there on Thursdays, I see the same children every time I go there. I usually work on grasp with the children, as well as a little bit of handwriting skills, as that is very important for their future. We work on several hand strengthening activities as well, so that the children can develop the appropriate hand strength for grasping a pencil properly and strongly. I usually go through the same activities for the younger children, so I can perfect their basic skills so that they are caught up with the other children in their classroom.
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