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SCVTS Health Occupation Students Get Hands-On Experience

Students from the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School learn about the various therapies during a visit to Matheny Medical and Educational Center.

Health occupation students from the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School in Bridgewater regularly rotate through the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack to observe treatment sessions in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, recreation therapy, dietary services and pharmacy services. During the most recent visit earlier this month, the students, according to their instructor Kim Vasaturo, "were genuinely amazed at all the adaptive equipment and truly astonished at how, despite their disabilities, these young people (Matheny patients) are just like them."

Among the activities the students experienced were: driving motorized wheelchairs, riding on adaptive bicycles and getting raised into a wheelchair by Matheny's overhead lift system. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. The SCVTS students are encouraged to connect conventional classroom instruction with work-linked experiences.

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