Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Participating PrEMO Sites

AIM Academy

AIM Academy is a Research-to-Practice School that is continually pioneering the technology and techniques proven to benefit children with language-based learning differences.  Aim is uniquely positioned to be on the forefront of cutting edge advances in education children who learn differently. Upon graduation, AIM students are considered prepared for the challenges, complexities and choices available to them at university and beyond.

Client Population: Children and adolescents grades 1-12 who learn differently

Student Role: Students may be expected to evaluate and provide direct care in "push in" or "pull out" formats, complete literature reviews, attend and present at in-services, complete a project, and observe and actively work with other disciplines within the school setting.

Outcomes: Students fin the experience in a PrEMO environment valuable in developing their skills as entry-level practitioners.

Burlington County Special Services School District (Pioneer Autism Sensory Center)

Pioneer Autism Sensory Center is a public educational center for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This program maintains a focus on communication, socialization, and functional living skills.  A variety of theoretical approaches and evidence-based interventions have been applied within this setting such as: Sensory-Based Interventions, Applied Behavioral Analysis, and Social Learning Theory to support each student's individual goals.

Client Population: Individuals ages 3-21 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Student Role: Students may be expected to complete literature reviews and work on collaborative case studies using a Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM) framework, attend in-services, and create poster presentations about case studies to present to other professions.

Outcomes: Students find the experience in a specialized public school for children and autism to be beneficial in terms of gaining skills and insights on how to interact with children with ASD, and how to implement evidence-based and data-driven interventions to promote changes that impact the child's participation in everyday activities at school and home.

Children's Specialized Hospital (Mountainside)

Children's Specialized Hospital - Mountainside is an outpatient center that provides treatment for children with various impairments; striving to reach each child's full potential through the use of innovative therapies and intervention.

Client Population: Individuals from birth-21 facing special health challenges - from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.

Student Role: Students will build skills to manage a full caseload of children with a variety of occupation-based needs within the outpatient occupational therapy setting.  Among an array of evidence-based occupational therapy interventions students will deliver sensory integrative services and may be expected to attend in-services, inter-disciplinary meetings and parent meetings. They may also conduct specialized evacuations (i.e. sensory integration/sensory processing), create splints, and use neuro-motor and biomechanical approaches.

Outcomes: Students find the experience at Children's Specialized Hospital to be beneficial in terms of gaining skills and insights on how to implement evidence-based and data-driven interventions with children to impact the child's participation in everyday activities at home and school.  Students feel confident applying the systematic data-driven decision making approach with children and build their knowledge and skill with sensory integration therapy.

Children's Specialized Hospital (Tom's River - Steven's Road)

Children's Specialized Hospital (Tom's River - Steven's Road) is a pediatric facility offering children outpatient or long term care.  This setting offers families a full array of medical and therapy services across to reach each child's full potential through the use of innovative therapies and intervention.

Client Population: Individuals from birth-21 facing special health challenges - from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.

Student Role: Students will build skills to manage a full caseload of children with a variety of occupation-based needs within the outpatient occupational therapy setting.  Among an array of evidence-based occupational therapy interventions students will deliver sensory integrative services and may be expected to attend in-services, inter-disciplinary meetings and parent meetings.  They may also conduct specialized evaluations (i.e. sensory integration/sensory processing), create splints, and use neuro-motor and biomechanical approaches.

Outcomes: Students find the experience at Children's Specialized Hospital to be beneficial in terms of gaining skills and insights on how to implement evidence-based and data-driven interventions with children to impact the child's participation in everyday activities at home and school.  Students feel confident applying the systematic data-driven decision making approach with children and build their knowledge and skill with sensory integration therapy.

Nationalities Service Center

The mission of the Nationalities Service Center is to "prepare and empower immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region to transcend challenging circumstances by providing comprehensive client-centered services to build a solid foundation for a self-sustaining and dignified future".

Client Population: Individuals of all ages who've been selected for resettlement in the United States.  These individuals may experience adjustment and/or anxiety disorder, autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, cerebral palsy, chronic pain and other chronic health conditions, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, dementia, eating/feeding problems, personality, neuromuscular, and mood disorders, cardiovascular disease, and visual impairment.  Many clients have experienced long standing occupational deprivation and alienation, and have endured torture in their country of origin.

Student Role: In addition to providing direct care in clients' homes, communities, or at NSC, students may be expected to complete literature and evidence-based reviews on refugee health, and occupational justice for population health and evidence-based practice.  They may also participate in in-service education and training sessions, organizational meetings, complete a project based on group and individual cases, and work towards program development.

Outcomes: Students find the experience in a PrEMO environment valuable in developing their skills as entry-level practitioners.

Newgrange School

Newgrange School is a school for children with learning disabilities that strives to find effective and sustainable learning strategies in areas of reading, language arts, social skills, science, math and social studies for individuals to utilize long term.

Client Population: Individuals ages 6-21 with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental disability, anxiety disorder, hearing impairment, learning disorder, TBI, visual impairment, and eating/feeding problems.  All students are ambulatory and verbal.

Student Role: Students may be expected to complete literature reviews, attend in-service, complete projects, and actively work with other disciplines.

Outcomes: Students find the experience in a PrEMO environment valuable in developing their skills as entry-level practitioners.

Penn Therapy & Fitness at Pennsylvania Hospital (GSPP) (Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center)

Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center provides specialized therapy services to individuals with movement disorders and their families.

Client Population: Adults with degenerative neurodegenerative disorders include Parkinson's Disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and ALS.

Student Role: Students may be expected to complete literature reviews, attend in-services and grand rounds, and observe other disciplines, and participate in ALS, DBS, and COPE clinics.

Outcomes: Students find experience in a PrEMO environment valuable in developing their skills as entry-level practitioners.

PlaySense, Inc.

PlaySense, Inc. is a pediatric outpatient clinic that promotes participation in everyday activities through the use of sensory integration, enhancing motor and cognitive skills, and promoting independence in life skills.

Client Population: Children ages birth-12 with anxiety disorder, autism spectrum disorder, congenital anomalies, developmental disability, hearing impairment, neuromuscular disorder, visual impairment, learning disorder, and eating/feeding problems.

Student Role: Students may be expected to complete literature reviews, participate in a collaborative case study with the PlaySense PrEMO team and complete field visits to other school-based locations.

Outcomes: Students find the exposure to outpatient intervention for children, that includes sensory integrative interventions in a PrEMO environment valuable in developing their skills as entry-level practitioners.