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
Dr. Alateeq is an assistant professor at the College of Rehabilitative Sciences, Austin campus. She obtained her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on understanding the cognitive processes underlying bilinguals’ ability to control two languages, and how these processes may be affected by neurological damage.
Dr. Alateeq’s is also a licensed speech-language pathologist holding the clinical certificate of competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her clinical experience involves delivering bilingual SLP services to Arabic- and English-speaking patients in medical and rehabilitation settings. She provided speech, language, cognitive-communication, and dysphagia assessment and treatment to patients with various neurogenic-based disorders.