InSPIRE was designed as a complement to Beechwood NeuroRehab’s Clubhouse, Supported Employment Programs, and Supported Education Programs. InSPIRE stands for Increasing Social Participation In Real-life Experiences, and utilizes a brain injury skills training/facilitation model to allow each person to participate to their maximum potential. It was developed to provide choice to its participants in terms of their productive daily activities. Group programming is led by a Recreational Therapist (CTRS), a certified Music Therapist, and a coordinator with a dance/art therapy background. All three specialties complement each other to create a program that offers a wide variety of leisure opportunities.
The program gives participants the chance to explore new leisure activities, revisit past recreation interests with adaptations as necessary, and encourage maintenance of a healthy leisure lifestyle. Goal-oriented group activities include recreation, music, creative arts, and community outings that promote social skills training, sensory/motor development, and reduction/elimination of maladaptive behavior.
The InSPIRE program implements new cultural, athletic, educational, and therapeutic activities that meet the needs and interests of all participants. In the process, participants may receive assistance in areas of daily living skills, personal care, social integration, and community assimilation utilizing compensatory strategies developed by Beechwood NeuroRehab’s Transdisciplinary Rehab Team.
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The InSPIRE Program currently offers internship opportunities for recreational therapy students and shadowing opportunities for music and recreational therapy students.
Recreational Therapy Students
Students will have the opportunity to complete a 15-week internship under the InSPIRE Manager, Paige O’Sullivan, MS, CTRS, CBIS. Please be aware that the applicant must cover all expenses connected to the internship. Beechwood does not offer financial compensation.
During a Recreational Therapy Internship with InSPIRE you will experience and engage in one of Beechwood’s structured day program. In addition to working in the InSPIRE program, students will have opportunities to lead 1:1 treatment sessions with clients, co-treatment groups with PT, OT, ST or Cognitive therapy, community outings, adaptive sports programming, reporting in Team Conference, educational opportunities, and many more.
For internship inquiries or questions regarding the InSPIRE program at Beechwood NeuroRehab please contact Paige O’Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org