Bloomington Students Speak on IUPUI Occupational Therapy Program
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Bloomington Students Speak on IUPUI Occupational Therapy Program

The following is a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

Bloomington student Adam Davis is part of a once a week occupational therapy group comprised of occupational therapy students from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI’s occupational therapy program and CIP Bloomington students. The group meets once a week on Thursdays and has both a morning and afternoon session with different students participating in either group. Adam said the students do both group activities as well as work one-on one with their individual OT students.

“We did an activity where we had to ask each other questions to fill in a to bingo sheet such as: Have you ever been surfing? or Do you have any pets? We also did an activity on emotions where we demonstrated how to act in certain situations such as how to act when addressing your teacher verses addressing a friend.”

Adam has been paired with IUPUI student Alyssa. He said they spent their first session together taking a walk and discussing goals to work on. “It was really nice. We’ve only met three times,” he said.

“Currently, we are working on teaching me how to use the public transportation system here in Bloomington. Last time, she quizzed me about the bus route map and asked me questions about how to get somewhere. She is very helpful, cheerful, and seems to be pretty good at socializing,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to have that time on my schedule where I can work on things that are particularly challenging. It’s nice to have someone who wants to help me with those kinds of things. I feel like the bus system is starting to make sense a little more.” The two also hope to work on strategies to help Adam improve his memory.

“Alyssa is really nice to work with. I look forward to our next session,” he said. At the end of the fall semester each CIP student and their OT contribute a dish to a Thanksgiving meal that all students and staff attend.