Graduate students in occupational therapy interested in a Level II Fieldwork placement at Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. should be passionate about working with children and practicing occupational therapy utilizing a traditional sensory integration approach. This placement is a difficult one and students should be prepared for the challenge. Students will complete a variety of assignments designed to increase their understanding of Ayres’ Sensory Integration theory and the application of SI theory to clinical practice. Responsibilities of students will include, but are not limited to: carrying a full caseload (approximately 6-8 clients per day, for one therapy hour each), report writing, goal writing, administering assessments (both standardized and non-standardized), writing daily treatment notes, discussing progress and questions with parents, and completing a final project.
Students are required to submit proof of live scan fingerprinting and a TB test before starting fieldwork at ITS, Inc. Please contact the office for the appropriate documents for these requirements. Additionally, prior to starting fieldwork at ITS, Inc., students should have a good basic understanding of development, Ayres’ SI theory and the neurological foundation of sensory integration. Students should read and become familiar with the following resources prior to his or her first day of fieldwork:
Sensory integration and the child, 25th anniversary edition: Understanding hidden sensory challenges by A. Jean Ayres (2005)
Sensational kids: Hope and help for children with sensory processing disorder by Lucy Jane Miller & Doris A. Fuller (2007)
The out of sync child: Recognizing and coping with sensory processing disorder, Revised edition by Carol Stock Kranowitz (2006)
STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder– they conduct treatment, research, and provide education for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Integrated Listening System (iLs)– a multi-sensory program that combines auditory stimulation with balance, movement and visual motor activities
More reading assignments may be assigned as each student progresses throughout his or her time at ITS.