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OTA alums return to Penn State Mont Alto to share with current students

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5/6/2011 —

Brandi and Brittani Timmons are recent  graduates of Penn State Mont Alto’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program (December 2010). They returned to the campus last week during the final week of classes this semester to help celebrate OT Month and to encourage current students as they prepare for field work.
 
Alumni of Chambersburg Area High School (2008) and residents of Orrstown, the Timmons twins chose Occupational Therapy for the creative aspects it provides in therapy. Both will sit for the national exams this month, and they have both received several offers for employment. Brandi would like to work in behavioral health while Brittani would like to work with pediatrics.
 
April was Occupational Therapy Month.  According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), occupational therapy services typically include:

  • Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaption recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers

Career opportunities for a graduate of Penn State Mont Alto’s associate degree program in occupational therapy may include working in public and private schools, early intervention programs, general, psychiatric, and pediatric hospitals, day treatment centers, hospices and home health agencies, rehabilitation hospitals and centers, skilled and intermediate care facilities, community living programs, community wellness centers, work hardening and adjustment programs, and/or hand therapy clinics.
 
Penn State Mont Alto recently upgraded its OTA classroom with a state-of-the-art “smart cart” teaching station. The smart cart allows faculty members to integrate innovative teaching methods.
 
For more information about the Timmons twins or the OTA program, please contact Dr. Angela Hissong at anh1@psu.edu or 717-749-6233.

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