Occcupational Therapy Clinic

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The Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica offers an Occupational Therapy Clinic designed to give students a supervised "hands-on" opportunity to work directly with adults and children as part of their occupational therapy coursework. The goal of the clinic is to provide a community service to individuals who may not be eligible for occupational therapy services, are uninsured or underinsured, or who have limits on their insurance coverage. The clinic's purpose is to support a client's existing programming. The clinic is not designed to replace or compete with existing services in the community.

The Occupational Therapy Clinic offers two separate clinics: adult clinic during fall semester and pediatric clinic during spring semester.

Christine McConnell, DC, OTR/L and Nancy Gabres, MS, OTR/L, CSS Occupational Therapy faculty, are the OT Clinic Supervisors. Practicing occupational therapists provide practice expertise as Clinical Practice Educators. 

Mission of the Occupational Therapy Clinic

Provide occupational therapy students with supervised opportunities to interact directly with individuals having a variety of diagnoses.

Information for Potential Clients

Referral Procedures

Anyone may access the services of the clinic. The number of openings are limited by the number of occupational therapy students. 


A nominal clinic access fee is charged to offset the operating costs of the clinic. A scholarship program is available for those who cannot afford the fee. Insurance companies are not billed for services.

OT Clinic 

The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811

email: otclinic@css.edu
Clinic Phone: 218-723-6099
Fax: 218-723-6698

Pediatric Clinic Clients

Children to young adults, 0-18 years of age, who could benefit from this clinic:

  • Difficulty with movement skills such as crawling, sitting, or walking
  • More weakness and less endurance compare to other children their age
  • Difficulty hopping, skipping, jumping or running compared to other children their age
  • Stiff, awkward, or clumsy in their movements
  • Avoidance of playground equipment and movement activities
  • Poor posture
  • Avoidance of fine motor tasks
  • Difficulty with tasks associated with handwriting and/or reading
  • Distraction, restlessness, disorganization, low energy, or hyperactivity
  • Difficulty completing daily living skills that other children their age can complete
  • Need assistance to participate in play and/or leisure activities
  • Need assistance preparing for employment


Autism, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, learning disability, developmental delay, sensory integration problems, emotional/behavioral problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and prematurity.


  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills associated with handwriting
  • Independent living skills
  • Play and leisure skills

Individualized intervention designed to facilitate

  • Gross and fine motor skill development
  • Integration of visual motor skills
  • Skills associated with independence in activities of daily living
  • Normal development of play through sensorimotor experiences

Adult Clinic Clients

(Individuals, 16 years of age or older)

Occupational therapy aims to facilitate function for activities of daily living, work, and leisure pursuits.


Traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, hand/arm/shoulder injury, arthritis, age related problems, neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson's disease, Cerebral Palsy, etc.


  • Difficulty completing daily living skills - examples include cooking, cleaning, grooming/hygiene, dressing, eating, driving, shopping, money management, medication management, home maintenance, and telephone use. 
  • Problems with shoulder/arm or hand function
  • Difficulty with mobility
  • Decreased strength or endurance
  • Need for assistance in preparing for employment


  • Life roles and occupational performance
  • Functional independence
  • Joint range of motion
  • Muscle strength
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Independent living skills
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Visual deficits

Individualized Intervention designed to maximize functional independence.