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Occupational Therapy’S Role In Sensory Play Education In Daycare Setting, Bianca K. Claussen May 2022

Occupational Therapy’S Role In Sensory Play Education In Daycare Setting, Bianca K. Claussen

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Sensory integration involves individuals’ ability to interpret and understand their sensations to optimize their ability to participate in daily activities. Sensory integration begins at the beginning of a child’s life and continues developing and changing as individuals grow. Early childhood education is a crucial part of development, health, and the child’s overall well-being. The purpose of my capstone experience was to explore and educate the staff on the importance of sensory play. Three approaches were utilized throughout this capstone experience to provide the staff with a wide array of activities. These included observations to understand how the center ...


Hula As A Protective Factor That Improves The Quality Of Life To Those Who Dance In A Hula, Pepper T. Lum-Lung May 2022

Hula As A Protective Factor That Improves The Quality Of Life To Those Who Dance In A Hula, Pepper T. Lum-Lung

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

This research study investigated hula, the traditional dance of Native Hawaiians as an occupation that promotes health and wellness and improves quality of life. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to gain insight about reasons for dancing hula and if dancers’ viewpoints are a protective factor that promote quality of health for those living on the mainland (continental United States). This work was guided by the Native Hawaiian diaspora and culturally appropriate health and wellness interventions. Qualitative data regarding reasons for dancing hula and experiences with dancing hula revealed general themes: Developing a connection to the Hawaiian culture ...


Application Of Ergonomics In Healthcare Through Environmental Adaptations, Johnny Nguyen May 2022

Application Of Ergonomics In Healthcare Through Environmental Adaptations, Johnny Nguyen

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

This research study explored the benefits of providing ergonomic education and training within the healthcare setting, targeting certified nursing assistants as the population. The researcher provided the participants with an educational presentation and an in-person 30-minute training session to assist with reducing self-perceived musculoskeletal pain and fatigue while also promoting increased job satisfaction and occupational performance. The study utilizes three outcome measurements including the REBA assessment, weekly Likert scale questionnaires, and workstation analyses. After completing the five-week study, the researcher found that both participants showed reduction in self-perceived musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, improvements in the understanding of ergonomics and implementation ...


The Aquatic Environment As A Tool For Facilitating Sensory Processing And Regulation, Christian Schneider May 2022

The Aquatic Environment As A Tool For Facilitating Sensory Processing And Regulation, Christian Schneider

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Sensory processing disorder makes it difficult for children to maintain a state of regulation and function in everyday life (Kranowitz, 2005). The aquatic environment possesses multiple properties that can aid in providing the sensory input required for regulation (Becker, 2009). This capstone project addressed the use of the aquatic environment as a regulating tool for children with a sensory processing disorder. This project followed four learning objectives with the production of deliverables including sensory-based aquatic therapy manuals, case studies, presentations, and an outcomes report showing the achievement of the learning objectives. The project resulted in showing that the aquatic environment ...


Ot Entrepreneurship: Perceived Challenges & Resources, Gunnar Daniel Olson May 2022

Ot Entrepreneurship: Perceived Challenges & Resources, Gunnar Daniel Olson

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

The focus of my capstone is OT entrepreneurship and management with substantive focus areas including research skills, administration, and education. Ultimately, the dual purpose of this capstone was to investigate the experience of OT entrepreneurship and management through scholarly research and experiential learning and facilitate knowledge transfer through education and future research publication. The former purpose was be met through 1) the design and implementation of a mixed-methods research study investigating the perspectives and lived experiences of current and former OT entrepreneurs and 2) experiences and projects completed at Piller Child Development in Arizona focused on gaining exposure and experience ...


Exploring Occupational Therapy In Perinatal Care: Promoting The Mental Health And Well-Being Of Women During And After An Unplanned Pregnancy, Sydney M. Korn May 2022

Exploring Occupational Therapy In Perinatal Care: Promoting The Mental Health And Well-Being Of Women During And After An Unplanned Pregnancy, Sydney M. Korn

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Unplanned pregnancy can have a significant effect on the health and well-being of both the mother and her child. Those who experience an unplanned pregnancy are two times more likely to experience maternal depression or stress than those who plan their pregnancies which can negatively impact the mother-infant bond. This capstone sought to explore occupational therapy’s role within perinatal care, specifically addressing the mental health needs of women in unplanned pregnancies by collaborating with already established programs at a pregnancy resource center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and incorporating the principles of occupational therapy. It explored the use of ...


Supporting The Role Of Professional Caregivers In Long-Term Care: Education, Training, And Caregiver Mental Health Interventions That Promote Dementia Care Excellence, Katelyn A. Nelson May 2022

Supporting The Role Of Professional Caregivers In Long-Term Care: Education, Training, And Caregiver Mental Health Interventions That Promote Dementia Care Excellence, Katelyn A. Nelson

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

The purpose of this capstone experience was to create a dementia caregiver education program to support caregivers in their role of caring for individuals with dementia. The first four weeks of the capstone experience were spent at Emerald Crest in Burnsville, MN, learning from an occupational therapist with more than 13 years of experience. Advanced knowledge was gained through engaging in OT evaluation and intervention sessions, completing two dementia certifications, interviewing staff members to highlight the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, and applying theory to practice. Knowledge was then synthesized, applied, and built upon to create a training manual for the ...


Meeting Mental Health Needs Of Parents Caring For Children With Disabilities By Facilitating Occupational Balance And Well-Being, Emily J. Heumiller May 2022

Meeting Mental Health Needs Of Parents Caring For Children With Disabilities By Facilitating Occupational Balance And Well-Being, Emily J. Heumiller

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Parents caring for children with disabilities experience unique challenges which affects their well-being and occupational balance. The affects can contribute to further limitations within their family systems. The purpose of this capstone project is to explore the need and effectiveness of an occupation therapy-based program to address parents’ mental health needs. Needs assessment results and literary evidence supported the need for the proposed program, titled the Well Parent Program. Program development was guided by occupational therapy models and frames of reference. Three assessments were used to evaluate the effect of program interventions on parents’ perceived stress, perceived well-being, and goal ...


Promoting Inclusive Play And Social Skills Development In Sioux Falls And Harrisburg, South Dakota, Madison C. Snelling May 2022

Promoting Inclusive Play And Social Skills Development In Sioux Falls And Harrisburg, South Dakota, Madison C. Snelling

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

A lack of inclusive play opportunities hinders children's development and participation in a meaningful occupation. The purpose of this 14-week capstone experience was to advocate for inclusive playgrounds and play spaces in daycares, community recreation centers, and community playgrounds in addition to gaining further clinical skills in pediatrics providing home-based occupational therapy services and social skills interventions. Methods included caseload management, developing and facilitating social skills groups for children 4-5 years, and completing evaluations of current play spaces in Sioux Falls and Harrisburg, S.D.


Occupational Therapy In Oncology Care: Methods For Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue, Marissa Emberly Cardenas May 2022

Occupational Therapy In Oncology Care: Methods For Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue, Marissa Emberly Cardenas

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

This capstone project aided in helping to develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills within oncology care, specifically when treating cancer-related fatigue while advocating for the use of occupational therapy. This project took place within Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. The population for this project consisted of oncology patients within an inpatient and outpatient setting. A total of 12 patients with a diverse set of diagnoses were assessed and treated for cancer-related fatigue within 14 weeks. The Brief Fatigue Inventory scores decreased when patients participated in exercise and psychosocial interventions. Outcomes within this project consisted of a manuscript, advocacy materials ...


Mending The Mind: Exploring The Role Of Occupational Therapy For Executive Dysfunction Post-Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Shannon E. Hegland May 2022

Mending The Mind: Exploring The Role Of Occupational Therapy For Executive Dysfunction Post-Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Shannon E. Hegland

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Executive dysfunction is a common concern for children after experiencing a traumatic brain injury. This can greatly affect occupational performance. Occupational therapists can provide therapeutic services to improve executive function skills, utilize compensatory strategies to restore function over time, and educate parents and caregivers on the expected symptoms and impairments. During this capstone project, I focused on learning how to address executive dysfunction in the pediatric post TBI population and created deliverables to assist future therapists with the same task. Seven children who experienced executive dysfunction post- traumatic brain injury between the ages of two and eighteen were selected as ...


Promoting Occupational Therapy Involvement In End-Of-Life Care Through Advocacy And Education, Macey Genzlinger May 2022

Promoting Occupational Therapy Involvement In End-Of-Life Care Through Advocacy And Education, Macey Genzlinger

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

The end of life is a difficult stage of life to manage, but people who are dying still desire to participate in meaningful occupations. This participation can be negatively affected by the challenges faced at the end of life. Occupational therapy is a profession perfectly fitted to facilitate occupational participation for patients at the end of their lives. However, occupational therapy is underutilized in end-of-life care, and many knowledge gaps exist surrounding its use. Much work needs to be done to solve these problems which this Capstone project begins to address. The theoretical framework underlying this project is the Occupational ...


Expanding The Role Of Occupational Therapy For Oncology Patients: A Focus On Tumor- And Blood-Based Cancers, Erika N. Clark May 2022

Expanding The Role Of Occupational Therapy For Oncology Patients: A Focus On Tumor- And Blood-Based Cancers, Erika N. Clark

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Tumor and blood-based cancer diagnosis rates are increasing rapidly in the United States. To improve survivorship, treatment practices are constantly evolving, however, patients are often left to face the consequences of survival. With decreased range of motion, strength, and ability to participate in desired activities, patients may experience a decrease in overall quality of life. Through a holistic lens, occupational therapists are well suited to address the diverse needs of cancer patients through the duration of their cancer treatments. Unfortunately, occupational therapy remains a widely underutilized service for this population. This capstone experience worked to address this gap by expanding ...


Incorporating Trust-Based Relational Intervention In Occupational Therapy To Address Mental Health Needs Of Elementary Students, Maci K. Stouffer May 2022

Incorporating Trust-Based Relational Intervention In Occupational Therapy To Address Mental Health Needs Of Elementary Students, Maci K. Stouffer

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Background. The rate of children experiencing mental health issues is increasing exponentially. Many mental health conditions could be successfully treated in childhood, yet they are overlooked, with only half of the diagnosed cases treated and many others undiagnosed. Youth spend much of their day in school. Therefore, their mental health must be addressed within this setting. Purpose. This capstone project aimed to develop and implement a trauma-informed, occupation-based intervention program for elementary students. Equipping students with self-regulation skills, teaching appropriate calming strategies, and providing opportunities to practice the main components of building healthy relationships. The school staff was educated on ...


Debunking Medical Myths: Does Cold Weather Make You Sick?, Jack Mcconnell, Hanna Simmons, Jordan Tall, Eleanor Lasch, Sarah Chung Apr 2022

Debunking Medical Myths: Does Cold Weather Make You Sick?, Jack Mcconnell, Hanna Simmons, Jordan Tall, Eleanor Lasch, Sarah Chung

Patient Education Projects

No abstract provided.


Evaluating Accessibility In Tn State Parks, Ashley C. Phillips Apr 2022

Evaluating Accessibility In Tn State Parks, Ashley C. Phillips

OTD Capstone Projects

During this Capstone experience, I partnered with Tucker's House and the TN State Parks to evaluate the efficacy of the State Park ADA Assessment tool. After modifying the assessment tool, I evaluated the three most visited state parks in TN and made suggestions on how to improve accessibility of the parks.


Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With Streptococcal Infections: Shifting The Paradigm On Post-Infectious Treatment And The Neuropsychiatric Impacts Of Infections, Nicholas Hill Apr 2022

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With Streptococcal Infections: Shifting The Paradigm On Post-Infectious Treatment And The Neuropsychiatric Impacts Of Infections, Nicholas Hill

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Three Minute Thesis


Registered Nurse Hesitancy To Providing Narcotics To Post-Surgical Neonates: A Narrative Literature Review, Jordan Slowik Apr 2022

Registered Nurse Hesitancy To Providing Narcotics To Post-Surgical Neonates: A Narrative Literature Review, Jordan Slowik

Liberty University Research Week

Doctoral

Theoretical Proposal


Effects Of Nursing Overtime In Medical Errors, Camilla Byrd, Halle Borgel, Mya Kinney, Jena Killian, Mykayla Stephens Apr 2022

Effects Of Nursing Overtime In Medical Errors, Camilla Byrd, Halle Borgel, Mya Kinney, Jena Killian, Mykayla Stephens

Symposium of Student Scholars

Abstract

Background: The recent global pandemic has uncovered health care inequities among nursing professionals. The nursing shortage has placed pressure on overworked nurses to perform higher level critical care under dire and unsafe conditions. The stress of overworked nurses is a culprit for medical errors that affect the quality and effectiveness of patient care. Methods: Kennesaw State Library, PubMed, 35 articles screened. After thorough screening of various articles addressing this topic, we examined the quantitative and qualitativestudies performed in all areas of nursing. Results: Research suggests that nurses working overtime versus full-time hours experience physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion may ...


Euthanasia: The Effects On Healthcare Professionals, Nana Bonsu Apr 2022

Euthanasia: The Effects On Healthcare Professionals, Nana Bonsu

Epsilon Sigma at-Large Research Conference

Abstract

Introduction and Background: Euthanasia has expanded significantly around the world over the past years. The debate concerning euthanasia has focused on the legalization, complex issues faced by the medical team, and perspective on assisted dying. Euthanasia known as assisted suicide is a deliberate medical procedure of intentionally withholding treatment or withdrawing life-support measures to end the life of a suffering patient.

Purpose Statement: To define euthanasia and its background as well as discuss the psychological and moral effects that surround the subject.

Literature Review: Five articles were selected. Quantitative and exploratory qualitative studies were obtained from existing literature, collection ...


Surgical Intervention Of Peroneal Tendon To Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome- A Rare Case Study, Carrington Erquiaga Apr 2022

Surgical Intervention Of Peroneal Tendon To Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome- A Rare Case Study, Carrington Erquiaga

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Applied


Differential Management Of Acute Injuries Versuses Muscular Imbalance In High School Athletes, Madison Mitchell Apr 2022

Differential Management Of Acute Injuries Versuses Muscular Imbalance In High School Athletes, Madison Mitchell

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Applied


Community Health Workers In Guatemala, Rebecca Brown Apr 2022

Community Health Workers In Guatemala, Rebecca Brown

Liberty University Research Week

Graduate

Applied


Improving Mental Health Among Undergraduate Nursing Students: Increasing Resilience In Nursing School, Hannah Hilliard Apr 2022

Improving Mental Health Among Undergraduate Nursing Students: Increasing Resilience In Nursing School, Hannah Hilliard

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Applied


Effects Of Subtalar Manual Therapy On Pain In A Male College Lacrosse Player: A Case Study Research, Alonzo Lopez Apr 2022

Effects Of Subtalar Manual Therapy On Pain In A Male College Lacrosse Player: A Case Study Research, Alonzo Lopez

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Applied


Use Of Complementary Alternative Medicine To Treat Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy Across Disparate Demographics And Vulnerable Populations: Application Of A Conceptual Equity Framework, Stephanie Chituru Ogbonda, Glodi Bakangelaka Bokanya, Som Subba, Yasmeen Fathima Apr 2022

Use Of Complementary Alternative Medicine To Treat Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy Across Disparate Demographics And Vulnerable Populations: Application Of A Conceptual Equity Framework, Stephanie Chituru Ogbonda, Glodi Bakangelaka Bokanya, Som Subba, Yasmeen Fathima

Liberty University Research Week

Graduate

Applied


Effects Of High Velocity Nasal Insufflation On Respiratory Efficiency, Macey York Apr 2022

Effects Of High Velocity Nasal Insufflation On Respiratory Efficiency, Macey York

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Applied


Understanding The Where, When, And Why Of Transcription Factors, Mariko Locke Apr 2022

Understanding The Where, When, And Why Of Transcription Factors, Mariko Locke

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Basic


New Techniques For Treating Lateral Ankle Sprains: A Case Series, Quinn Macdonald Apr 2022

New Techniques For Treating Lateral Ankle Sprains: A Case Series, Quinn Macdonald

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Applied


Throwing The Distance: Recovery From An Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction Surgery – A Case Study, Timothy Dofflemyer Apr 2022

Throwing The Distance: Recovery From An Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction Surgery – A Case Study, Timothy Dofflemyer

Liberty University Research Week

Undergraduate

Applied