In these days, classroom education is important, but what is just as important, or
maybe even more important, is hands-on experience in one’s field or major. Being
told how to change a flat tire, and actually being able to change a flat tire in
the pouring down rain by yourself are two totally different things, and it is our
goal at Kopper Top through our HEARTS program to prepare interns to be able to change
that tire alone in the pouring down rain.
Classroom education lays the foundation for the knowledge that one will need for
a certain profession; hands-on experience brings it to life. At Kopper Top, interns
work alongside and under the supervision of Deborah Meridith, LRT/CTRS and NARHA
Registered Instructor, to learn about recreational therapy (and more!). As they become
comfortable with the experiences, they are able to plan and execute therapy sessions
themselves, including assessments, programming, progress notes, and evaluations.
This gradual, invaluable training prepares interns to be able to work alone successfully
in their field after graduation.