Section Two : Getting StartedPart of orientation is about knowing where to begin and how to pitch your information delivery. It is important that you make some time with the student to find out about their prior levels of experience and learning, their interests, and the expectations they have when they arrive at your centre.
A student will bring to the placement:
- expectations - of you, the clients, the organisation and what they hope to learn
- a level of cognitive development - problem-solving ability
- knowledge of occupational therapy frames of reference/models
- their personal learning goals
- an idea of what constitutes fair and reasonable assessment
- developing clinical reasoning skills
You don't have to launch into information giving and heavy orientation straight away!
Once a level of rapport and ease with one another has begun building you can get stuck into the orientation program. Here are some steps to walk you through student orientation.
Next ---> Step 1: Orientating the Student