Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Occupational therapy faculty help students find ways to be engaged in the community in meaningful ways.
Students are engaged in several types of service learning. Students attend community-based sites such as day-care/preschool centers, community wellness programs, adult day centers, senior centers, YMCA intergenerational programs, bicycle- and school-safety programs, and assisted-living programs. Students are encouraged to interact with program participants and observe individuals participating in their daily occupational roles and routines that promote wellness.
Members of the Quinnipiac University Players use life-size puppets to educate children about issues such as disability awareness, autism, safety, bullying and school violence.
Other students team up with a four-legged "therapist" and visit senior centers and other community centers to educate older adults about the benefits of therapy animals.
However you decide to pursue your OT service learning at Quinnipiac, you'll be enriched educationally and personally.
Read more about how Quinnpiac supports service learning.