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SMU Offers Free Occupational Therapy Pediatric Clinic

Samuel Merritt University

August 23, 2010
MEDIA ADVISORY

SMU Offers Free Occupational Therapy Pediatric Clinic

(OAKLAND, Calif., August 23, 2010) Beginning this fall the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department at Samuel Merritt University is offering ten weekly sessions of occupational therapy for children between 6 months to 16 years of age.

WHAT

The 11th Annual OT Pediatric Clinic is staffed entirely by occupational therapy students, supervised by a licensed therapist. The pediatric clinic is providing early intervention for children and a place for students to get hands-on experience in their field of study.

WHY

Occupational therapists help children improve their ability to perform self-care tasks, engage in play and social activities, and participate in school activities. Research shows that early intervention is best because the brain is more capable of change during that period of time.

"Children enrolled in this clinic typically have difficulty with performing at age level in one or more of the following areas: self-care skills including dressing, self-feeding, grooming, bathing, or toileting; play skills including manipulation of toys, initiation of independent play, and engaging in play with other children; and pre-academic skills including writing, cutting with scissors, and organizing work space and materials," explains Ginny Gibson MS, OTR/L, CHT, Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University Master of Occupational Therapy Program. "Sometimes, when certain problems stand between a child and normal play, the help of an occupational therapist is needed."

WHEN

Sessions start on Monday, September 27 at 2:00 and 3:00 PM

WHERE

Samuel Merritt University - 450 30th Street (Lower Level One) Oakland, CA 94609

CONTACT

Drew Ward, Administrative Assistant, Occupational Therapy Department at 510.869.8925 or Ginny Gibson at ggibson@samuelmerritt.edu.

Samuel Merritt University, located on 'Pill Hill' in Oakland, California, is celebrating 100 years of educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities. Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.