Lindamood-Bell Learning Center (Johns Creek)
During my internship, I gave one-to-one hourly instruction to students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism in order to improve their ability to process language and think critically so they can better comprehend reading materials. Each student's program was specifically designed for them and included one or a combination of four of Lindamood Bell's programs. The two programs I primarily worked with were Seeing Stars (which focuses on the application of symbol imagery to spelling, contextual fluency, and spelling) and Visualizing & Verbalizing (which stimulates concept imagery and strengthens a student's ability to image gestalts in order to improve their language comprehension, reasoning for critical thinking, and expressive language skills).
Avondale Elementary and Renfroe Middle School
I interned with the elementary school counselor at Avondale Elementary, and with the middle school counselor at Renfroe Middle. While at the elementary school, I basically shadowed Dr. Henry wherever she went in the school, usually putting out fires. I administered the Code of Conduct test to all of the new students weekly, sat in on guidance lessons in classrooms, and helped with situations where students were removed from class, and needed clothing items. I also helped with lunch duty as a monitor as well as with bus duty in the 5th grade hall at the end of the day.
While at the middle school, I was able to do a lot of hands-on school counselor related activities. Ms. Parks also sat in on lunch, but allowed students to come up to her with issues. I helped a few students with organization of their locker, binders, and book bags, and I was able to lead a few mediation sessions between students. I was allowed to lead a guidance lesson after observing Ms. Parks give it for a few class periods. I also was able to do some one-on-one goal-setting with students who were currently failing two or more classes. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these experiences and they solidified my decision to apply to graduate school for school counseling.
At this site, I was a Recreation Therapy Intern. I got the chance to work with clients using recreation, sports, games, and social interaction. As part of the clients' therapy programs, recreation was included to give them a chance to have fun, but still do constructive activities, and work on interacting with others. I was able to get to know some of the clients by starting up games of volleyball, soccer, or basketball, and through co-leading a weekly team sports group.
In addition, I was able to work with the Horticulture Therapist at Skyland Trail, to help in another weekly group. In this group, we used planting and nature to reach out to clients, as well as working with them to improve their own well-being and surroundings. I gained a lot of valuable knowledge from working at Skyland Trail, and I had a wonderful experience with the welcoming and knowledgeable staff.
Su Myat Thu
TalentQuest Consulting Management
As an I/O consulting intern, I worked as an assistant of an I/O consultant at TalentQuest, who is also an Agnes Scott alum. I mainly worked on competency modeling libraries, job candidate profiles, and updating their resource database. I also observed job analysis phone interviews conducted by my supervisor.
Grady Trauma Project with Grady Hospital and Emory School of Medicine
I was a research project interviewer. The project focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and resilience in a low SES, inner city, predominantly African American population. My responsibilities included recruiting participants and administering a survey using an Access Tablet. I was involved with data input, MRI preparation, and weekly team meetings where we would discuss our week of research, with topics ranging from participant data and current research of PTSD.
Michelle Marie Autrey
Neuroscience Education and Training Program (NETWork Program) in Atlanta, GA
Progranulin (PGRN) is a secreted glycoprotein that contains 7.5 repeats of a 12-cysteine motif. Mutations in PGRN have been identified to cause a form of dementia called Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration with ubiquitin-positive inclusions (FTLD-U). PGRN is known to act as a growth factor and is involved in inflammation and wound repair in the periphery. PGRN’s role in the central nervous system is less clear. Neurons in FTLD-U patients with PGRN mutations have abnormal aggregates of a protein called TAR DNA-Binding Protein 43 (TDP-43). It is unknown how decreased levels of PGRN, a secreted protein, leads to abnormal metabolism and cleavage of TDP-43, which is normally found in the nucleus. We hypothesized that PGRN might shuttle into the nucleus where it could have more direct interaction with TDP-43. Using cellular fractionation we detected a fragment, not full length, PGRN in the nucleus. Experiments with protease inhibitors suggest elastase or cathepsins may be involved in formation of this fragment of PGRN.