Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon

Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at New England Institute of Technology, sits on a swing with Audrey Pavlak in the sensory gym at Sensation Station. Doehler partnered with Randy Fedoruk to bring Sensation Station to Warwick

Great story in the Warwick Beacon about the Newly opened Sensation Station in Warwick, RI, where graduate students will be able to intern.

From the Warwick Beacon:

Sensation Station, a private, family-centered therapy facility specializing in the care of children dealing with learning, social and physical challenges, was welcomed to Warwick by Mayor Scott Avedisian and Congressman Jim Langevin with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The facility, located at 535 Centerville Rd., opened on Oct. 14 and will provide specialized individual intervention by occupational therapy, speech pathology and physical therapy professionals for children from birth to 21 years of age. Most of these services are reimbursed through health care insurance. Other one-on-one services include advocacy support with school IEP [Individualized Education Program] development, parent and sibling support, and home environmental assessments.

Owner Randy Fedoruk, a pediatric occupational therapist and associate professor at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) first established Sensation Station in 2010 in Guilford, Conn. Working together with Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at NEIT, Fedoruk brought Sensation Station to Warwick and Rhode Island to help fill the gap left by the closure of the outpatient department at Meeting Street, the main resource for kids with special needs in Rhode Island.

“We were told it was due to finances,” Doehler said of the Meeting Street department closure. “The reimbursement structure makes it challenging to do an outpatient program, so we had to be innovative.”

Doehler said Sensation Station is not driven by a traditional medical model, but rather by a family-centered model.

“The child and family come first,” she said. “Working together with Randy, we had the common belief that when you’re working with kids with special needs, it’s a family affair; it affects everybody.”

Fedoruk said a Parents Advisory Committee was established to assist staff by telling them what needs to focus on and determining which services to run because they are familiar with the day-to-day issues that may arise at home, school or in the community.

According to a press release, “The Parents Advisory Committee meets closely with staff to help meet those unique needs of the entire family and better incorporate the lessons learned at Sensation Station into all meaningful interactions.”

When the outpatient department closed this summer, it left more than 200 families “without high quality resources and few places to turn.”

Doehler said she and Fedoruk loved the therapists at Meeting Street, and since they were out of a job with the department closure, they were hired and brought to Sensation Station.

“We’re happy to do this in Warwick,” Fedoruk said. “We’re here to help kids make connections, learn motor skills and address developmental needs; to meet the needs of social skills and develop physical skills.”

Fedoruk said the facility features a kitchen to help develop living skills, such as cooking and cleaning, a private therapy quiet room, and a gym containing everything from swings and trampolines to a climbing wall.

“We’re still having things shipped in,” he said.

Langevin said the program is an exciting addition to the community and will fill a vital need.

“When Meeting Street closed its outpatient department, it left a void for families and kids; you’re filling that void,” he said, before presenting a citation to the facility. “I’m the proud uncle of a boy with autism, so I understand the benefit to the community. I love the concept of integrative therapy and play. It will be therapeutic and a lot of fun.”

Avedisian said Sensation Station is about appropriate interventions at appropriate times.

“We know what families need and we have the ability to provide that, it’s just a question of getting it all together,” he said. “You’re filling a huge, unmet human need in the community. There will be lots of little voices, activity and noise to show how interventions pay off dividends.”

Fedoruk said Sensation Station is not just about children with delays and learning disabilities, but welcomes all children, who are eligible to join the Kid’s Club.

“The Kid’s Club is facilitated by professional outpatient therapists and is open to all children,” Doehler said. “We hope to service 150 to 200 kids through the Kid’s Club and do it through play.”

Doehler explained that no more than six kids would meet at a time to use the gym space for an hour.

“They can schedule what works for them,” she said.

Doehler said the Kid’s Club does not require insurance or a medical referral, but rather utilizes a monthly membership fee, similar to a health club.

“Parents told us that was a huge deal,” she said.

Doehler said NEIT features both an associate degree and graduate masters degree in occupational therapy. She said graduate students will have the opportunity to intern at the Sensation Station facility.

via Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon.

Equipment Expansion in Engineering Programs

New England Tech has collaborated with Rockwell Automation, Inc. in the development of a new automation lab for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT) beginning in the 2014 fall quarter. These students will learn high tech skills on the latest equipment found in industry. Rockwell Automation personnel and New England Tech faculty worked together to procure the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) network and drive hardware needed to create six new work stations. Through hands-on learning, students will acquire the high tech automation and process control skills required in the manufacturing industry.

NEIT has also added the Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System to its extensive equipment inventory for students in the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technologies. The Instron 5982 provides students the opportunity to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components used in a variety of industries. Typically found in commercial settings, the Instron 5982 is utilized in many industries such as automotive, aerospace, and major highway/bridge construction, to test materials used in manufacturing various products.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Electrical Engineering Technology or Civil Engineering Technology, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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Dedicated Employees Are Recognized

The 23rd Annual Employee Service Awards was held on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the East Greenwich campus. Congratulations and special thanks to the 21 employees who were honored for their many years of service to New England Tech. The following individuals were celebrated, and a commerative plaque was unveiled in their honor.

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30 Years

Felix Carlone
Patrick Collins
David Cranmer
David Loranger
Joseph Ranone

20 Years

Paula Cantwell
Shonna O’Neill
Janice Pulsifer
Lisa Reed
Maria Riccio
Patrick Tracey

10 Years

Benjamin Jay Bradley
Edwin Egge
Michael Eggeman
Eileen Flaherty
Melissa Hague
Amanda Metzger
Carolyn Piette
Norma Taylor
Megan Treloar
Judy Zaino

FIRST Robotics Qualifier is Saturday

FIRST events are open to the public and are free to attend.

Anyone interested in robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields will enjoy this competition. YES! Even math can be fun. Best times to observe the competition is 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
FIRST Tech Schedule 2014-2015

New England Tech Expansion is Underway

Protecting the environment while expanding the East Greenwich campus, construction workers are building environmentally friendly bridges approved by DEM to maintain the habitat and safety of local wildlife.

Protecting the environment while expanding the East Greenwich campus, construction workers are building environmentally friendly bridges approved by DEM to maintain the habitat and safety of local wildlife.

Phase 2 construction has begun at the East Greenwich campus as part of New England Tech’s $120 million expansion program. This phase of the college’s $250,000,000 campus development program will provide additional programs and services to NEIT students.

Phase 2 will include increasing the Information Technology facilities to more than 300,000 square feet and building the college’s first on-campus dormitory. Many academic programs will be expanded as well including information technology, advanced manufacturing, the health sciences, architecture, engineering, and video/audio production. Students will enjoy a new dining area, a fitness center, and a college “green” open space area.

New England Tech is proud to be entering its 75th year of providing its students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in today’s competitive labor market. These are exciting times at New England Tech, and we should all be proud to be a part of this thriving college community.

The 2014 Employee Campaign Begins

New England Tech kicked off its 2014 Employee Campaign on Wednesday, October 22nd, in the Regan Lounge at the college’s East Greenwich campus. The Campaign will run from October 22, 2014, through November 21, 2014; however, contributions to the Employee Campaign may be made anytime throughout fiscal year 2014-2015. Contributions to the Employee Campaign may be made through payroll deduction, cash, check or credit card.

An Employee Campaign is an important component of any college or university’s Annual Fund.

During the Campaign Kick-Off, President Gouse thanked everyone for their past campaign support and for attending this year’s Kick-Off. He shared the vision and plan for expanding the campus over the next several years and discussed the construction status of the first dorm and the importance of positioning the college to accommodate more out-of-state, residential students.

Bob Theroux, Vice President of Finance and Business Administration, recognized those employees who previously participated in the Employee Campaign and designated their donation to student scholarships. As a result of this generosity, 10 students facing financial difficulties will receive scholarships at this year’s awards presentation in December. He also noted that Information Technology, Building Construction, and Auxiliary Services, through their collective contributions, each attained the required $500 scholarship amount to provide awards to students designated by these three departments.

Tech First at FIRST Tech

Great blog story about FIRST and the importance of STEM fields from Congressman Jim Langevin.

From Fall 2014 Congressman Jim Langevin:

Tech First at FIRST Tech

It is a joy to attend FIRST robotics competitions each year, to watch the program grow into the towering success that it is today, and to see the interest and participation increase year to year. These programs are vital to spurring interest in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology.

As co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, I continually advocate for programs that increase enrollment in STEM fields. Closing the skills gap by giving students and workers the tools to succeed in the modern economy is how we will create an economy built to last. FIRST is one of my favorite student outreach programs, and it has already inspired countless students to pursue careers in STEM. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST as it is known, was founded by my friend Dean Kamen – a brilliant innovator who uses his ideas to push the boundaries of health care, science and technology. Among his many distinguished achievements, he has invented the first portable insulin pump, an advanced robotic arm, the Segway and my personal IBOT wheelchair.

Dean can now add teacher to his resume, as the FIRST competition has done an exceptional job at engaging young people and getting them excited about learning. That enthusiasm is palpable. I couldn’t believe how excited the students were at the FIRS

via Fall 2014 | Congressman Jim Langevin.

Quadricycle is making progress

Members of New England Tech’s Quadricycle Club are making progress in as they work to build a replica of Henry Ford’s quadricycle.

Quadricycle Photo

Henry Ford’s Quadricycle

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For more information on Mechanical Engineering Associate and Bachelor degree programs, please contact Admission by phone at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

A view from Warwick: Wind turbine generates energy and curiosity

Wow.  I can’t believe it has been five years already.  Seems like yesterday the wind turbine was being put up.  Check out this nice story from the Providence Journal about our wind turbine.

A view from Warwick: Wind turbine generates energy and curiosity

 The Providence Journal

When the wind turbine just off Route 95 at the New England Institute of Technology automotive campus isn’t turning, it’s not for academic reasons.

The wind has to blow at least 7.8 mph for the blades to turn.

Or the wind could be blowing too hard. “When it reaches 56 mph, it brakes,” said Michael Petit, chairman of the electrical technology department, who helped develop the institute’s green technology program.

Another time the blades won’t turn is when the tower unwinds itself. The turbine, made by Northern Power Systems in Vermont, automatically turns. “It will spin and circle with the wind,” Petit said. After four or five turns, “it will stop and rotate the other way so the cable doesn’t get twisted around.”

The tower spins so slowly that “you wouldn’t notice it, driving by,” Petit said.

Students don’t usually go inside the turbine, except for a peek. And they aren’t allowed to climb the rungs inside. Anyone who climbs has to be trained by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and “it’s an expensive operation to get certified by OSHA,” said Petit, who is 60 and lives in Exeter. He hasn’t been to the top. “If there’s not an elevator, I’m not going. I’m the kind of guy, I’d get to the top and I’d forget why I’m up there.”

The turbine is run entirely by Northern Power, said Trevor Atkinson, a salesman and engineer for the company, which has its headquarters in Barre, Vt.

On its website, New England Tech has a link to an animated drawing that shows how fast the wind is blowing and whether electricity is flowing from the turbine to the automotive building, or, if the turbine isn’t moving, from the power grid to the automotive building. (See for yourself here.)

The turbine rarely makes more energy than the automotive building uses, Petit and Atkinson said.

“It’s not in a real good wind spot,” Petit said. “It’s not there to make money.”

It’s there for demonstration.

When it first went up, in August 2009, “people stopped along the highway to look at it,” Petit said. “It’s educational to the public and students.”

Click the link to continue reading : A view from Warwick: Wind turbine generates energy and curiosity | News – Rhode Island news right now | Providence Journal.

Calling all Electrical Engineers!

New England Tech’s Career Services has received 7 job listings in the last week alone for companies seeking Bachelor candidates for Electrical Engineering positions. These companies are local New England based employers with salaries ranging from $40k – $80k.  It is a very active job market for Bachelors in Electrical Engineering graduates! 

If you are considering a career path in Electrical Engineering, NOW is the time to get started.  Contact Admissions TODAY by phone at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.