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Occupational Therapist Assists Students at DuBard School PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Robin Friend, an occupational therapist at Wesley Medical Center, has been sharing her expertise with students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Friend, a Southern Miss graduate, works with eight students each week. She focuses therapy on improving fine motor skills, handwriting, posture and body control and sensory integration.

“Some students with communication disorders also have trouble with taking in information from the senses, processing that information and then giving an adaptive response,” said Friend. “I help them strengthen their senses along with their bodies so they can better perform daily tasks, from putting on a jacket to eating their lunch.”

Friend said most students only need a few years of occupational therapy to master certain skills. She has been working with DuBard School students for nine years and is one of only two board-certified pediatric occupational therapists in Mississippi.
She received two undergraduate degrees from Southern Miss before completing the occupational therapy program at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school serves children with severe language/speech disorders and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology, or deaf education. For more information visit

Wesley Medical Center occupational therapist Robin Friend works with a student at The University of Southern Mississippi's DuBard School for Language Disorders. Her expertise includes improving fine motor skills, handwriting, posture and body control and sensory integration. (Submitted photo)

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