August 28, 2017

Interns and Observations



Therapy Talk is committed to supporting the education of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology interns at the graduate level.  We also offer internship opportunities for Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapist Assistant students.  Internships are available in the clinic and home environments.  Contact your program’s clinical coordinator to find out if your school has established a partnership with Therapy Talk.

If you are interested in learning more about pediatric therapies, or you are needing observation hours,  please review the following guidelines and call the clinic to schedule your visit.

Intern/Observer Guidelines

The policies for observers/students are as follows:

  • Confidentiality is very important to all of our patients and families. Identifying information such as names and diagnoses are not to be used outside of the facility.  You must sign a confidentiality form upon your arrival to the clinic.
  • Therapy Talk will accept one volunteer per discipline (PT, ST, OT) at a time.
  • Observers may not be able to observe each therapy session, due to comfort levels of patients and families.
  • Be prepared to interact with the patient as you may be asked to assist during the therapy session. Please dress accordingly.
  • Dress Code:  Long shorts, pants, or jeans; short-sleeve shirts or longer sleeves; no visible skin at waistline—shirts must over waistbands; tennis shoes; modest jewelry; close-fitting jackets and coats in winter; no skirts, no loose clothing
  • If questions arise, please wait until after the session to ask the therapist. For respect of patient, please to not ask questions in front them as this can be disruptive to the session.
  • Observers/interns (especially those with 25 hours or more of observation) will be expected to assist with cleaning and/or clerical tasks. Therapist or volunteer coordinator will assign tasks.
  • Observers/interns are responsible for keeping an updated log of their own hours if needed.

Please fill out and bring the Confidentiality Statement with you on your first day.  Confidentiality_Agreement