Occupational therapy students at work on ski slopes
LINCOLN (AP) - UNH students who hope to become occupational therapists are practicing their skills not in a hospital but on the ski slopes.
Five students working on their master's degrees are finishing up a 12-week internship teaching people with disabilities to ski and snowboard. The students are working with New England Disabled Sports in Lincoln, an organization that provides sports opportunities to people with disabilities, primarily at the Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods ski areas.
While such fieldwork is more commonly done in hospitals, rehabilitation or nursing facilities, organizers say students are getting hands-on experience and career preparation. Students say they have been exposed to many different diagnoses and have been able to evaluate and treat people using many different pieces of adaptive equipment.