OT/PT students gaining valuable experience through Riverview placement

Fleming College occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant students Peterann Gray (left) and Mina Tran (right) are pictured here with their instructor, Natasha Annette-Lawrence (centre). Four Fleming students are participating in a seven-week placement at Riverview Manor.

‘Without Riverview embracing us so much, the students would not have this clinical experience,’ says instructor

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Four students from Fleming College’s occupational therapy assistant and physiotherapy assistant (OP/PT) program are gaining valuable hands-on experience working with Riverview Manor residents, their instructor tells The OMNIway.

Occupational therapy instructor Natasha Annette-Lawrence says the students, Peterann Gray, Holland Jans, Mina Tran and Rosie Do, are getting the opportunity through their seven-week placement to enhance their skill sets by working with people who have a variety of different care needs.

By engaging with long-term care home residents, the students, who are at Riverview Manor as part of their occupational therapy placement, are working with people who have varying combinations of physical, social and cognitive needs, she notes.

“One of the biggest things we are focusing on initially is effective communication and rapport building with residents and motivating them to participate in activities as well as in therapies in groups,” Natasha says. “We also want to let the residents drive the activities, and that means doing things that are meaningful for them.”

For more than 10 years, students from Fleming’s occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant program have been working with residents and physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants to build their skill sets.

This is the first time Natasha has been at Riverview Manor with students, and she says the experience has been positive.

“Everyone here has been amazing from the day I walked in,” she says. “From Day 1 it has been amazingly positive. Without Riverview embracing us so much, the students would not have this clinical experience, so it’s an incredibly valuable experience for the students.”

The students have been doing their placement at Riverview Manor on Tuesdays and Thursdays since Jan. 8.

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