Erin Rivers obtained her Master’s of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from McGill University in 2015. She has a background in Kinesiology and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. She has special interest in the areas of community-based rehabilitation, hand therapy, resilience post-trauma, and pediatrics.
She has completed clinical internships in pediatrics and community based rehabilitation abroad, stroke rehabilitation, hand therapy, and in a school setting. Below please find a sampling of her clinical experience.
School-Based Clinical Placement at Peter Hall Côte-Vertu Campus:
Responsibilities include working independently and collaboratively to increase day-to-day autonomy and participation, and improve quality of life of students (13-21 years of age) with various special needs through: assessing global function, feeding, and fine motor skills; analyzing and adapting activities, equipment, and classroom environments; leading group and individual therapy sessions; consulting and planning with teachers, staff, and parents; developing a sensory activity resource bank; assisting with special events.
International Pediatric Clinical Placement at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, Zanzibar:
Responsibilities include one-on-one and group therapy sessions with children having special needs; ongoing collaboration with families and health team to provide care, education, and community outreach initiatives, development of feeding and school interventions, and fabrication of upper extremity orthoses.
Stroke Rehabilitation Clinical Placement at Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital:
Responsibilities include working with supervisor and independently to facilitate improved function and quality of life for inpatient stoke clients and their families through interview, assessment, and individualized and group therapy; participating in team and family meetings, and home visits/adaptations; completing fall prevention education presentations and charting.
Hand Therapy Clinical Placement at Montreal General Hospital:
Responsibilities include working with supervisor and independently with outpatient clients to improve hand function and patient satisfaction through conducting interviews and assessments, performing joint mobilization, providing exercise and activity programs, fabricating orthoses, charting, and participating in post-operative clinic.
She recently co-wrote an article, Occupational therapy for military-related post-traumatic stress disorder: A call for action in Canada, which was published in the March/April 2016 journal, Occupational Therapy Now.
She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.