Niagara Children’s Centre is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities. Niagara Children’s Centre provides unique opportunities for students to learn about children and families and the professionals who work to provide services. In fact, many of our staff started as students at Niagara Children’s Centre. Students love the opportunity to learn from first hand experience about the many ways to help children develop and participate in activities. Our staff is dedicated to continuous learning and sharing of knowledge.
As a family, you and your child will meet professional students while you attend sessions. It is the responsibility of Niagara Children’s Centre staff to introduce a student and explain to you what the student will be doing with your child and family.
Students are provided with orientation and guidance to perform well in their role at Niagara Children’s Centre and to get the most out of their student experience.
what kind of students do we take for placement?
Pediatric rotation for Medical Students: Every medical student enrolled in the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Region Campus does a placement at Niagara Children’s Centre. These placements are one month long and each student comes 3 to 4 times.
Clinical Placements for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Students: Our therapists provide supervision and training for students over several months on a daily basis. These students are evaluated on their performance and you may be included in providing important feedback to these developing professionals.
Other types of university students and high school students: With Brock University and Niagara College so close to our Centre, we try to honour requests for student placements given the resources that we have. High school students provide many hours of volunteer service and learn about future careers.
Students looking for placements should refer to the Careers section of the website.