One of the unique features of the UAB occupational therapy faculty is our continued interest and engagement in practice. The majority of the faculty participates in regular clinic activities throughout the year. This keeps us current with evaluations, interventions and best practice, in addition allows us to partner with facilities and therapists for innovative practice and clinical education.
At the department level we also offer a Pediatric Tourette Syndrome Clinic. This is the only Tourette syndrome clinic in the country in which OT is the coordinator and where occupations are emphasized. Our graduate students have opportunities to work with the clinic as well.
The department also has an interest and investment in community partnerships for practice and clinical education. One of the community nonprofit organizations is Hand in Paw. Animal assisted therapy is becoming very popular and many of the volunteers with HIP are health care providers.
Another community organization we are currently developing is Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch. This nonprofit organization is another example of community placement our students get to collaborate with and learn from. http://www.spiritofhopeyouthranch.org/ Read more about our partnerships and practice!