Student clinicians and senior staff of the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic (CPDC) were invited to present a workshop on the ins and outs of their service-learning program at state and national conventions for physical education.
The group first delivered their three-part workshop, "The Children's Physical Developmental Clinic: A Proven Model for Service Learning," at the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 82nd annual convention, held last November at the DCU Center in Worcester.
The student presenters were: special education major Ryan Burr, '12, of Plymouth; Lyndsey Dellorco, '11, of Franklin, enrolled in the special education graduate program; and Samantha Hutchins, '11, of Brockton, a post-baccalaureate candidate for special education licensure. Senior staff members were: Amy Muldowney licensed mental health counselor; Sheila Campbell, administrative director; and Dr. Joseph Huber, program director.
Their presentation focused on administrative structure and creative management of the CPDC, a 38-year-old program that provides assistance to children with disabilities, aged 18 months to 18 years. The presenters explained the implementation of the program, examined the roles of its student clinicians and group leaders, and described proven teaching strategies for children with developmental challenges. Following the presentation was a Q and A segment.
(Those presentations can be viewed in the video below.)
When the group went to deliver the same presentation in March at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) 127th national convention, however, they were stopped by a power outage. A transformer exploded at the Hilton Hotel in Boston's Back Bay located across the street from the Hynes Convention Center, where the event was to be held. The convention was cancelled before its completion for the first time in AAHPERD history.
Plans are already underway for the group to present at next year's AAHPERD national convention, being held in Valley Forge, Penn.
"Assuredly, all were disappointed, for now, but don't count them out of the picture yet," said Ms. Campbell.
The aim of the CPDC is to improve the total development of children with disabilities by enhancing vital physical, motor and aquatic skills and patterns, as well as stressing the improvement of children's self-esteem through recreational activities. (Rob Matheson, '07, University Advancement)
(The actual presentations begin at the 9:30 mark.)