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INTRODUCTORY DISCUSSION WITH YOUR FW EDUCATOR

Complete this worksheet before you begin your Fieldwork experience and discuss it with your
fieldwork educator on the first day of fieldwork.

The purpose of this discussion is to:


 Familiarize your fieldwork educator with your educational program,
 Come to a common understanding about the knowledge and skills you have learned
and will learn, and
 Help facilitate a fieldwork experience which has links to your classroom education.

1. LEARNING STYLE: Describe your learning style and identify characteristics of the
learning environment that support your best learning.

I am a kinesthetic learner, which means that I tend to learn the best from doing an
activity. Being hands-on when learning something new, helps to enhance the overall
experience for me when gathering information. I am also a very visual learner, so if the
situation does not allow for a hands-on experience right away, I also benefit from a
demonstration of the needed task. Being able to see an example of what needs to be
done helps me understand what is expected and needed from me.

2. ACADEMIC PREPARATION: Describe any prior learning or professional experiences


related to the current setting.

I have experience in the school setting from volunteering and interning at many
different settings such as the Dalhburg Learning Center, Oakstone Academy and New
Albany Schools. In all three settings I had the opportunity to work with interventions
specialists, physical therapists, mental health specialists, teachers and speech language
pathologists to help students have success in the educational setting. Students that I
interacted with most commonly had ADHD or autism and were within the ages of 3-
adolescents. We worked to improve their ability to complete basic ADL tasks
independently such as feeding, grooming, toileting and play.

3. PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS: After reviewing the course objectives for O.T and your
professional ratings from previous semesters, list at least two strengths you bring to
fieldwork and at least two areas for professional development during fieldwork.

Strengths
 Nonverbal communication: I have worked to improve this skill. I have practiced in
front of the mirror to make sure that my facial expressions match my intention in
order to more easily connect with others.
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 Questioning strategies: I have practiced avoiding “why” questions because I


understand that they can sometimes seem abrasive. Instead, I try to ask more
constructive or open-ended questions in order to communicate with others and
build a rapport with them more easily.

Areas for professional development

 Pediatric and school setting specific skills such as the use of evaluations, working
other occupations in a therapy team, such as SLPs or intervention specialists, an
increased knowledge of developmental milestones and their significance in OT.

 Obtain a better understanding of the specific terminology used in this setting such
as, IEPs and other documentation notes.

4. OBJECTIVES: After reviewing the course objectives, the Evaluation Form and your
assessment of your strengths and areas for professional development, develop three
learning objectives on which to focus during this fieldwork experience. These objectives
should emphasize the outcome you hope to achieve by the end of the clinical experiences.
Write your objectives as measurable goals.

a. To develop a knowledge base of the role of OT in the pediatric and school setting.
Furthermore, to understand how the use of play, social interaction, completion of tasks,
mental health and relationships can be the foundation for an individual to becoming
successful and independent.

b. To demonstrate the ability to collect relevant information from OT sessions and then
demonstrating this ability by successfully completing a SOAP note independently.
Additionally, I would like to learn how SOAP notes in this setting might look different
than in other setting such as acute care or rehabilitation.

c. To develop a foundational knowledge of standardized assessments frequently used in


the school setting and to then demonstrate this knowledge by administering or
observing the facilitation of an assessment.

We have had an introductory discussion which included an overview of the student’s


academic preparation, learning style, professional behavior strengths and areas for
development, and objectives.

Student’s signature: __________________________________________

Fieldwork Educator’s signature: ________________________________


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