At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
AnnaLiza Calvillo is a national and state certified bilingual speech-language pathologist with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over 25 years experience working with individuals with special needs and has conducted over 3,000 bilingual (Spanish/English) speech-language assessments. AnnaLiza specializes in bilingual speech-language assessment and therapy, professional training, and mentoring/supervision. She has worked as a bilingual clinician in public and private schools, private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities and at the University of St. Augustine Austin Campus. She was published in 2003 in a chapter titled “Bilingual Communication Assessment.” The text was for a graduate level course entitled “Assessment of Bilingual Exceptional Learners” at the University of Arizona.