Emerge Pediatric Therapy welcomes prospective therapy students to observe both group and individual therapy sessions. As a teaching clinic, we use state of the art equipment, evidenced based practice, highly trained clinical therapists, and a well developed program to provide quality observation experiences, beneficial to the prospective student’s experience, prior to applying to and entering a graduate program.

Goals of the Shadow Program:


The Emerge Pediatric Therapy Shadow Program is designed to:

  • Provide opportunities for observation of individual and/or group therapy sessions to the prospective graduate student.
  • Help the prospective graduate student gain required observation hours prior to the start of their program.
  • Allow students the opportunity to learn more about their chosen field, directly from therapists.


A shadow is assigned to an occupational, physical, or speech therapist for a single, 4-8 hour window in order to observe individual sessions. As a clinic, we receive frequent shadow inquiries and we limit the number of shadows per month to maintain a balanced schedule for our staff and consistent, high quality, therapy for our clients. The number of times a student can shadow is dependent on therapist availability. It is not guaranteed that a student can come for more than one shadowing opportunity.
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Requirements of a Student Shadow:

  • Please Fill out the Shadow Application form, which will include all necessary paperwork (confidentiality agreement and dress code agreement)
  • Wait from an email from our shadow coordinator, Jessica Presnell (jessicap@emergepeds.com),  to set up observation hours

*Please note that a shadow is classified as a prospective therapy student, acquiring a minimal amount of strictly observation hours. These hours will be set up in advance with the shadow coordinator, depending on availability of the student and therapist.

Shadow Dress Code Policy

When visiting Emerge, please follow the following dress code requirements:

  • Khakis/chinos, scrubs, or dark-wash jeans are acceptable pants. Please refrain from wearing distressed jeans, exercise pants, leggings, shorts, dresses, or skirts.
  • Collared shirts or simple tops and blouses are acceptable. Please refrain from wearing low cut tops and graphic t-shirts.
  • Only minimal jewelry, if any, should be worn. Nothing that a child could potentially pull off of you.
  • Wear shoes that can slip on and off easily. Socks are optional.
  • Emerge is a scent/smoke free facility. Refrain from wearing perfume or scented lotions.
  • Dress comfortably, while adhering to the above requirements.

If you are seeking hours for graduate school or are hoping for a letter or recommendation, please read the statement below:

As a Shadow or Volunteer at Emerge, you (the student), are responsible for bringing in an hours log in a timely manner for signature from our therapists.  Hour logs will not be signed by our therapists after one month of completion of shadow/volunteer experience.  Emerge Pediatric Therapy does not guarantee a letter of recommendation at the end of your time with us.  These letters are subject to the approval of the supervising therapist.  If you would like a letter written on your behalf, this must also be requested in a timely manner.  Requests made one month, or more, following the completion of your shadow/volunteer experience will not be acknowledged.