Free Occupational Therapy Clinic Offered at Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University

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Elizabeth Valente 510.725.7980
January 12, 2010

Free Occupational Therapy Clinic Offered at Samuel Merritt University

(OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 12, 2010)  This spring Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is hosting its annual free Occupational Therapy Clinic for adults. The ten, once-a-week sessions begin Monday, February 1, 2010.

WHAT: The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program and the Occupational Therapy Adult Clinic is a student-administered service provided under the direct supervision of several licensed occupational therapists. The OT Adult Clinic is designed to provide consultation, evaluation, individual treatment and/or client and caregiver education. Some conditions that might bring a client to the Clinic could be a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, arthritis, orthopedic injury, or even low vision.

"Our goal is to provide therapeutic intervention to clients with occupational therapy needs. In meeting this goal we sometimes develop partnerships with families, other health and/or support providers and interested parties related to the care of the client," explains Kate Hayner, EdD, OTR/L, and SMU Department Chair of the Occupational Therapy Program. "We also want to assist students with their own development of clinical reasoning and competency that supports research-based practice in adult occupational therapy services."

WHY: Occupational therapy uses meaningful activities to promote individual’s participation in personal occupations, which include activities of daily living (ADL), work, play, and leisure.

"Occupational therapy can help adults achieve maximal independence in self-care, home management and community activities through motor, cognitive and sensory re-education," explains Chi-Kwan Shea, PhD, OTR/L, and clinic instructor. "We can provide the client with a variety of services for these conditions, including customized splints, patient education, home exercise programs, and special adaptive equipment to help them perform tasks like dressing, washing or picking up objects."

WHEN: Sessions start Monday, February 1st at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT: Drew Ward, Administrative Assistant, Occupational Therapy, at 510.869.8925 or Chi-Kwan Shea, PhD, OTR/L at .

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 1,600 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

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