Occupational Therapy Students Work in Guatemalan Orphanages
Faculty and practitioners included to share expertise
In June 2008, 12 students, 8 practitioners, and 4 faculty will set off for
During the summer of 2006, Stacey Walsh, an alumna of Xavier, went on a mission trip to
In the summer of 2007, three faculty members from the department of Occupational Therapy went on the same mission trip with MOMS to pave the way and make arrangements for future students to have that option. An international academic service learning option for occupational therapy majors was born. This year, Georganna Miller, Claire Morress, Carol Scheerer, and Joan Tunningley will accompany their students.
Plans are in process for work at Anini, an orphanage, and San Hermanos Pedros, a long-term care facility and hospital. Both sites provide care for children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, and/or are disabled. Xavier’s 24 therapists will divide into two groups and then further into three sub-teams of four persons each who will focus on wheelchairs, feeding, and sensory-based/play. Each group of 12 will stay at each site for two days and, then, switch sites. In that way, continuity of care and education can be provided to the caretakers of the children, yet, offer Guatemala 2008 participants the opportunity to experience both sites. Each sub-team will be comprised of a mix of students and practitioners. Group and sub-team assignments will be made according to experience, expertise, interest, and availability of Spanish-speaking persons.
A post-trip “re-entry processing” meeting will be held mid-July to reflect upon the events and learning that occurred. This will be a meeting for both students and practitioners. Students will continue their learning via reflection, assignments, and a presentation during the fall 2008 semester as they complete the requirements for HOCS 405 Occupational Justice II.
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The practitioners include two physical therapists: Sandy Auberger and Melissa Holderby, and six occupational therapists: Tracy Gaboury, Joan May, Amber Carpenter, Amy Langhorne, Kate Lopez and Kathy Lotz. The last four are also Xavier alumnae.
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