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Clinical Research Fall Camp Volunteer

Shriners Hospitals For Children Portland Full-Time
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Shriners Hospitals for Children's Clinical Research Department is looking for student volunteers to participate as interventionists in an intense therapy camp for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The camp is 8:30AM-4:00PM one day a week on Saturdays, from September 7th through December 14th (a total of 15 weeks).


Shriners Hospital - Portland is the lead site in a multi-center study examining the differences in outcomes for children/youth with diplegic CP following 90 hours of intense therapy (called "HABIT-ILE") dosed in two different formats.


As an interventionist, you and one other volunteer will work directly with the child on upper- and lower-extremity activities through playing in a fun camp setting. The activities vary depending on the goals of each individual child, and you will receive guidance and support from our Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist supervisors, in addition to our Clinical Research Principal Investigators. The camp includes a 4-hour training session to prepare you for working with patients.


HABIT-ILE is designed to incorporate structured bimanual tasks with increasing motor difficulty, and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) that require the use of both hands while engaging the trunk and lower extremity postural control. Activities are progressed from less to more difficult, depending on each child's success at the current level. All tasks and activities are graded, and there are three categories of activities: (1) activities performed at a table, (2), ADLs performed standing and/or walking, and (3) gross motor play/physical activities.

This position emphasizes positive reinforcement to motivate each child to succeed. Some activities are done independently while others may involve another participant or the entire group. Volunteers must meet the following requirements:

-Be friendly, polite and patient

-Prior experience working with children is preferred

-Able to work independently or in a group setting

-Able to communicate with diverse audiences, especially children and/or persons with disabilities

-Able to take direction

-Able to lift 35 pounds unassisted


Preference will be given to students of the following disciplines: Early Education, Health and Human Development, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and all natural sciences. Email Susan Sienko, PhD at ssienko@shrinenet.org, or call (503) 221-3481 for more information or to sign up. THIS IS AN UNPAID, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY.

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Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children has been providing expert, compassionate medical care and treatment for children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord or burn injuries. Its other objectives are the promotion of medical education and research related to the causes of crippling in children. There are 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, 19 of which provide orthopaedic care, including three with specialty spinal cord units.

Three hospitals are devoted to the physical and psychological treatment of children with severe burns. One hospital combines all disciplines, helping patients with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and burn injuries.

What makes Shriners Hospitals special is that there is no charge to the patient, parent, or legal guardian for any care the child receives at one of our hospitals. With our family-centered patient care, treatment plans are based on the child's medical and emotional needs, regardless of a family's ability to pay.

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