Placements details

Clinical Placement Details for Students and Supervising Volunteers  

Objective and Goals

Most of your prior clinical placements have likely focused on clinical skill acquisition and education. This placement is unique in that in addition to clinical skill acquisition and learning about rehabilitation in poor setting, there will be a strong focus on community development. Each student will be given a project that may require research during the placement and possibly prior to the placement. The focus of the project will be on a clinically relevant question or topic that can then help improve the function of people with disabilities in this unique setting.

The focus will be less on individual therapy, and more on providing education and mentoring on intervention approaches so that students' work is sustainable to carry on making a positive impact after they have left. Also in this way, students must truly be client-centered (with ASSA as an organization being the client) to determine intervention priorities, tailor strategies to the environment, and problem-solve issues during implementation.

Past and current projects have included making toilets more accessible for disabled children, safe wheelchair transferring, cushioning for patients with spinal deformities, the use of sensory assessment tools in guiding early intervention therapy, improving fine motor skills for patients with spinal cord injuries and increasing mobility for quadriplegic patients.

Students will also be given one topic to make a more formal presentation on.  Topics will be decided in conjunction with OT/PT supervisor in India and Canadian OT / PT supervisor (either onsite in India or off-site in Canada) and student.

See shared ONEDRIVE folder for specific objectives for OT students. Upon approval of your application, the Onedrive folder will be shared with you.  Read more 

Role of Canadian OT / PT / SLP Supervisors

Canadian PTs and OTs have been actively assisting in clinical placements for Canadian PT, OT students since the inception of the program. Initially, Canadian PTs, OTs have been providing off-site supervision for students including pre-departure orientation and regular communication while

In 2015, for the first time, HCI started sending Canadian OTs, PTs to India, along with Canadian OT, PT students. From 2015 to 2018, a total of 39 OTs and PTs, from Canada, USA and Australia, have volunteered at ASSA. They have provided mentorship and supervision to the Canadian OT, PT students and to the OTs, special educators and PTs at ASSA. In addition, they have provided direct client interventions and support. This has been done with keeping sustainability in mind – i.e. trying to educate staff at ASSA on their interventions, so that it can continue on, even after their departure.

With the various Canadian university affiliations, we have developed, we expect to have students from Jan – Dec in any given year. In 2019, we will be sending SLP students, alongside an SLP volunteer supervisor to ASSA. HCI is also recruiting SLP volunteers for 2020.Read more For More Reference see shared Onedrive Folder..

Amar Seva Sangam facilities

  • There are currently 14 registered physiotherapists working at ASSA who will provide direct supervision for Canadian physiotherapy and occupational therapy students.
  • Each student will be assigned a project (continuation from the previous student's work) and a supervisor who will provide guidance, clinical preceptor-ship and interim and final evaluation for students.
  • There are visiting occupational therapists form Canada and 1 OT at ASSA.
  • OT students will have an off-site supervisor in Canada who will be in close contact with students before and during visit.
  • There is an extensive multi-disciplinary team at ASSA including doctors, special education teachers, speech therapists, social workers and vocational training instructors that students will collaborate with and learn from during their clinical placement.
  • The programs at ASSA include Institution based rehabilitation (IBR) and Village based rehab (VBR).
  • There are 14 qualified PTs, 5 PTAs, 1 OT, 20 Community rehab workers (CRWs), 8 special educators, 7 speech therapists and 2 coordinators who work in different areas, yet interconnected with each other as the need arise.

The various departments within the ASSA service area that students can choose to be placed and will have access to during their clinical placement:

Centre for Special Education

  • This school was built by Handi-Care Intl. to serve the needs of approximately 100 students of age 6 and above with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.
  • OT and PT students can work alongside special educators, teacher assistants and therapists in order to facilitate play therapy, physiotherapy and vocational training activities with these special children

Early Intervention for children with delayed development (Age 0 to 6)

  • This centre was built by Handi-Care Intl. in 2012, to offer services to children born with developmental delays.
  • Whole range of services are provided by qualified therapists, that include Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy and Sensory Integration. Close t0 400 children are enrolled in this program.
  • About 50 children receive therapy on campus (IBR) and the rest are treated in 8 other village centres (VBR).
  • OT and PT students can work alongside therapists in order to facilitate play therapy, physiotherapy and vocational training activities with these special children

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre

  • This is a centre for the post acute care rehabilitation of adult patients with spinal cord injuries.
  • There are usually about 15 to 20 patients in this centre undergoing an intensive 6 month to 1.5 year rehabilitation program.
  • Students will work with physiotherapists and vocational training instructors in this rehabilitation program

Medical Treatment Unit / Outpatient Physiotherapy Unit

  • This unit is the main rehabilitation facility on the ASSA campus
  • Approximately 150 children receive regular PT, OT and speech therapy activities here, who are students attending the Integrated school run by ASSA and outpatients
  • These include children that live on campus and those that come from surrounding communities
  • There is a range of disabilities in this patient group including cerebral palsy, post-polio syndrome, osteogenesis-imperfecta, limb amputation, muscular dystrophy, developmental disabilities, autism and congenital malformations
  • There are also approximately 150 adults that attend this unit as outpatients with mainly neurological and musculo-skeletal disabilities

Home for Disabled Children

  • There are approximately 60 children with varying disabilities (post- polio syndrome, cerebral palsy, congenital deformities, limb amputations) that live on the ASSA campus
  • The children attend school and undergo a rehabilitation program on campus
  • PT and OT students will work with these children, assisting them with their regular exercises and therapy alongside the physiotherapists
  • Clinical Placement students are also encouraged to organize physical education activities with these children during after school hours

Village Based Rehabilitation

  • This program enables ASSA to reach out and provide assistance and rehabilitation to those in the surrounding communities with disabilities in their own homes
  • This program also involves an Early Assessment and Intervention Program to identify those under age 6 with disabilities and provide intervention, therapy and resources for them and their families
  • OT and PT students will participate in field visits along with social workers, physiotherapists and interventionists.

Vocational Training Centre

  • The ASSA campus houses a vocational training centre that includes training in computer programming, tailoring, machine repair and orthotics manufacturing
  • Patients from the spinal cord injury centre and a group of "disabled youths trainees" housed in the campus participate in this program
  • This may be a particular area of interest to occupation therapy students.