I am currently on level 2 fieldwork rotations, with one being in a public school district and the other yet to be determined (thanks COVID!) While I will not be graduating on time, I am trying to take advantage of every extra day I have before I begin working as an OT to take a break and enjoy myself, as well as prepare for my work journey ahead. I adore working in the schools and could see myself being a “school OT,” but I am so excited to see where my next level 2 takes me, as I would also be open to outpatient or home health services. My work in Dr. Ausderau’s lab has no doubt helped me with my current pediatric fieldwork; in particular, I think my observation skills really improved during my time in the lab and this has helped tremendously with tracking progress and completing evaluations with students. I look forward to hearing about the work the lab continues to do, and I am grateful for my opportunity to connect in the future with such an involved research community!
Capstone Project: Program Evaluation of a Research Engagement Curriculum and its Effectiveness on Research Knowledge and Health Advocacy for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities