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Outreach

We've teamed up with partners to serve our community while providing our students important training opportunities.

We're committed to giving back in every way we can. Our outreach efforts provide much-needed services for our community and a vital practical experience for our students.

On-Campus Experiences

Students in the departments of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and Hearing and Speech have the opportunity to gain experience at our on-campus clinic, JaySTART. A free, student-run outpatient clinic, JaySTART provides care for underserved patient populations and training experiences for KU students.

Community-Based Experiences

The following list is provided for reference only—all details are subject to change and all outreach efforts are managed in accordance with COVID-19 safety measures.

(Also Level II FW) – Community-based organization providing daytime classes and activities to support health, wellness and social participation of adults who have had a stroke www.americanstroke.org

Locations:

  • Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, Mission, KS
  • Southeast Community Center, Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas City North Community Center, Kansas City, MO
  • Legacy Park Community Center, Lee’s Summit, MO

Level I Fieldwork student involvement: Assist with activities to support social, physical, and emotional wellness. Participate in client evaluations. Collaborate with OTs, speech-language pathologists, fitness personal trainers and other volunteers.

Population served: People who've had a stroke and family caregivers

Possible day/time: Wednesday or Friday Mornings

Number of students: 5

Contact: Dory Sabata (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: Yes

Hope Lodge is a free housing program for families from out of town while a person is undergoing cancer treatment in the Kansas City area. OT students developed a program to engage families in meaningful activities while living here.

Location: Kansas City, MO

Activity: TBD

Population served: Patients and caregivers traveling into Kansas City for cancer treatment

Possible day/time: Weekday evening

Number of students: 3

Contact: Joan Augustyn (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

The Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center (MSAC) provides a comprehensive and inter-professional program to support individuals with progressive MS in living their best life. Members come to the MSAC to participate in a broad range of activities in a group-based format. This intervention approach builds connection and support among the members and gives the opportunity to do targeted work, but is less costly than private therapy.

Location: KU Medical Center Rainbow campus

Population served: People with MS

Possible day/time: Wednesday mornings

Number of students: 2

Contact: Kelli Reiling Ott (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: Yes, Joan Augustyn (OT faculty contact)

Project Access is a community-based organization providing children with disabilities opportunities for learning dance and performing with a dance class.

Location: Starstruck Performing Arts Center in Overland Park, KS,

Level I student activity: Assist dance instructor teaching dance and assist with performances

Population served: Dance class for children and teens/adults with developmental disabilities

Possible day/time: Sundays late afternoon (3-4 performances per year that will occur on other days). Rotation of one time per month on Friday afternoons

Number of students: 4

Contact: Becky Nicholson (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: NO

Inpatient psychiatric hospital serving patients from 12 years old through geriatrics with acute emotional disorders, mental illness and substance use disorders.

Location: Kansas City, MO

Level I student activity: Providing group-based occupational therapy services within the hospital programming. Individual assessment of activity engagement.

Population served: Adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental health disorders

Possible day/time: Friday mornings (8:30-11:30)

Number of students: 2

Contact: Gina Schwartz (OT GTA mentor)

Rose Brooks is a domestic violence shelter that provides protection through a life-saving emergency shelter along with community support and situational or self-sustaining resources for families in need.

Location: Kansas City, MO

Activity: Work in Clinic/Shelter with inter-professional team and residents; work with children and assess developmental progress/milestones; overall Shelter immersion

Population served: Adults, children, and pets seeking safety and support to escape violent homes and/or life-threatening abuse.

Possible day/time: Depends on service learning activity – Tues or Thurs evening or Wed/Friday morning.

Number of students: 2

Contact: Wendy Hildenbrand (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

The Sensory Supported Aquatics program teaches swimming and water safety to children with ASD, and was developed in collaboration with Autism Speaks. Instructors combine traditional Red Cross learn-to-swim methods with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each child. This placement begins the first week of September, with required training.

Location: Lenexa Recreation Center, Lenexa, KS

Activity: Swimming and water safety instruction (assisting experienced instructors)

Population served: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 4-17

Possible day/time: Wednesday evenings

Number of students: 8

Contact: Lisa Mische Lawson (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

A program for adults with developmental disabilities to share their gifts, offered through Matthew’s Ministries.

Location: Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

Activity: With support from trained volunteers, adult learners create and supply baked goods for Church café, special events, and programs, coffee with the pastors, Sunday school, vacation bible camp, and cookies for soldiers.

Population served: Adults with developmental disabilities

Possible day/time: Friday Afternoons (12:00-3:00)

Number of students: 2

Contact: Jane Hughes (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

The University of Kansas Health System provides adult mental and behavioral health inpatient services at their Strawberry Hill Campus. This location became a new service learning site in 2019-20.

Location: Kansas City, KS

Activity: The student at this site will help to develop the service learning program and provide services in conjunction with a KUMC occupational therapist and OT education Faculty

Population served: Individuals with mental illness.

Possible day/time: TBD-Wednesday morning or sometime Friday

Number of students: 1

Contact: Gina Schwartz (OT GTA mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

Tiles of Hope is a healing arts program at KU Cancer Center for caregivers and people undergoing cancer treatment. Brandmeyer Resource Center provides patient and caregiver education/support. (supervisor: Cathy Glennon, KU Hospital staff outside our department)

Location: Westwood, KS

Activity: 1) Implement Tiles of Hope: healing arts program for cancer patients and their families, 2) Provide OT patient and family education, with particular focus on spirituality.

Population served: Patients and caregivers who are affected by cancer

Possible day/time: Wednesday mornings

Number of students: 3

Contact: Lisa Mische-Lawson (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

We Rock the Spectrum is an inclusive kid’s gym to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences.

Location: Kansas City, MO

Level I student activity: Assisting in meaningful, purposeful play and providing caregiver education

Population served: Kids with autism spectrum disorder

Possible day/time: Friday mornings

Number of students: 3

Contact: Joan Augustyn (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

Provides fun, dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children eight years of age and younger, their parents and educators from across the Kansas City area.

Location: Shawnee, KS 66203

Level I student activity: Gain hands on experience creating and leading inclusive play and learning activities.

Population served: Young children and families in the Kansas City area.

Possible day/time: Wednesday mornings

Number of students: 2

Contact: Jane Hughes (OT faculty mentor)

Level II Fieldwork students: No

"These experiences offered great skills to add to my resume to show I had some unique knowledge that most new graduates do not have. This is just one example in how taking advantage of your opportunities and partnering with your faculty can help boost your career."
KU School of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy Education
KU Medical Center

3901 Rainbow Blvd  MS2003
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-7195 • 711 TTY