Occupational Therapy Labs
Bringing the world of OT into the classroom
As a student in the Occupational Therapy program, you will put theory into practice and get plenty of hands-on experience through simulation activities. Our department boasts several student occupational therapy labs and opportunities to put your skills to the test. Here's a peek at where you could be learning and working:
The Physical Rehabilitation Lab is an instructional space designed to foster your understanding of how body movements relate to the tasks of daily life. In this room, the "science of our body" meets the "function" needed for living. You’ll navigate concerns and practice practical applications like: How do you get into the bathtub or bed when you use a wheelchair? How do you facilitate movement of your arm in order to get your shirt on? How do you tie your shoes when you don't have the balance to lean over? These questions are answered in the simulated bed and bath corner and by gaining practice with occupational therapy mats and adaptive equipment.
Occupations are the meaningful activities of our lives. The Occupations Lab is an instructional space that includes a full kitchen and laundry facilities. Our Occupational Therapy students learn the importance of engaging in the meaningful occupations of life and how to adapt to these when a person experiences a difference in the way that the mind, body, or spirit functions. These differences may be due to an illness, a medical condition, or an environmental barrier, and you will learn how to help your future patients navigate daily challenges that come with sudden life changes.
This is a place where kids can be kids! The Kid Zone at Etown College is an instructional lab designed to foster our Occupational Therapy students' learning about the important occupations of children: play, school, self-care and independence. The needs of children still in crucial developmental life stages differ greatly than the needs of adults. The space is flexible enough to accommodate both large and small motor skills activities.