O’Connor Occupational Therapy is proud to support the education of clinicians by providing fieldwork placements for Master of Occupational Therapy Students, to contribute to student’s education, and to increase means and methods to provide OT to the patients and families we serve.
Welcome Jacob Heppe!
Hello, my name is Jacob Heppe.
I have a B.S. in Kinesiology right here in East Lansing from Michigan State University and I am currently attending Eastern Michigan University (EMU) to attain my Master of Occupational Therapy degree. O’Connor Occupational Therapy Services has welcomed me to my first level II fieldwork placement here in Lansing.
My past endeavors in level I fieldwork for EMU have placed myself at the DMC Children’s Hospital on working on the NICU and Burn units. This was my first placement and really opened my eyes up to what occupational therapy can offer to the pediatric population. I was able to work on my observation skills and perform some hands-on therapy with PROM. My second level I placement was at the College Supports program on EMU’s campus working with college students who have autism. At this placement I was able to perform assessments, practice soap note documentation, and develop my therapeutic use of self when working with the students. Some tasks worked on at this placement revolved around sensory integration, living skills, and time management skills. My last level I placement was at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson MI, on the acute care floor. At Jackson my observation and evaluation skills grew as most patient care was only 30 minutes long, which meant you needed to find a lot of information about the patient out quickly as you didn’t have a lot of time with them.
In addition to my fieldwork experiences I have also grown up with a family member who has cerebral palsy. He is an older brother of mine and is a reason I decided to go into the health care field. Growing up with someone who has a developmental disability really opens your eyes to all the different appointments, meetings, and the amount of care that goes into helping them live a fulfilling life. Sometimes I have seen great care given to my brother and on a few occasions, I have seen the opposite of great care, it’s a reason I wanted to go into healthcare and ultimately chose occupational therapy as a career choice because I want to help people and I want to provide the level of care to everyone the same way I feel my brother should be cared for. I’m looking forward to my placement here at O’Connor OT services because I will get to go into people's homes and the surrounding communities and hopefully make a lasting difference in people’s lives even after I leave.
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