• In Children With Selective Mutism What Are Effective Treatment Interventions That Improve Educational Performance

      Perez, Sally; Schlenz, Kathleen (2022-05-05)
      Research exploring intervention approaches for children with selective mutism that improve educational performance.
    • Complementary And Integrative Health Approaches In Veteran Affairs

      McIsaac, Michaela; Parent, Sarabeth; Silveira, Jeramie (2022-05-05)
      Complementary and integrative health (CIH) includes a broad range of treatment interventions or activities that fall outside of typical clinical practice or conventional medicine and promote overall health and well-being (yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc.). Literature supports an increased prevalence of life-altering illnesses, injuries, and diagnoses among our veteran population. Therefore, it is important to help clinicians stay up to date with best practice to enhance overall health and promote well-being. The purpose of this study is to explore the types of CIH treatment approaches occupational therapy (OT) practitioners working in Veteran Affairs (VA) utilize and how they incorporate them into their treatment planning. The study will also assess OT practitioner’s current knowledge of CIH and how often services are being delivered within the VA. An exploratory, quantitative, survey-based, design will be utilized. Participants will include OT practitioner’s who currently or previously worked within VA facilities across New England.
    • Trauma-Informed Care In Pediatric And Adolescent Occupational Therapy: Why, When And How?

      Althoff, Ashley; MacLachlan, Jean (2022-05-05)
      Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) impact an average of 61% of individuals in the United States today (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2021). Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is a healthcare framework that acknowledges the extensive prevalence of ACES and aims to negate negative implications of ACES on health and well-being. Use of TIC within occupational therapy practice is boasted by research evidence and supported by the American Occupational Therapy Association; however, the implementation of such practices is still emerging. The purpose of this survey research is to examine how TIC is currently being implemented within pediatric and adolescent occupational therapy practice surrounding behavioral health, and whether any barriers to implementation exist. Occupational therapy practitioners across the United States will be surveyed on their current familiarity and use of TIC approaches in order to support identification of the current state of use of TIC in pediatric and adolescent occupational therapy practice.
    • Perceptions On Comprehensive Sexuality Education In Alternative Education Programs

      Peck, Jessica; Silveira, Jeramie (2022-05-05)
      Current research has shown that adolescents with developmental disabilities are at increased risk of sexual abuse, exploitation, pregnancy, and transmitted infections compared to the general population. It is within the scope of practice for occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) to educate and address sexuality with clients managing developmental disability. This study focuses both on the views and participation level of occupational therapy practitioners regarding comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). A quantitative, descriptive survey will be distributed online. Participants will be recruited electronically via national and local professional organizations and through social media networks. This survey will provide data to better understand the perspectives of OTPs with CSE and the barriers to participating in its delivery.
    • Perspective On Spirituality In OT Practice For Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury

      Baily-Gould, Pandora; Turcotte, Jill (2022-05-05)
      This presentation discusses a current survey research study that is investigating the use of spirituality to facilitate increased meaningful occupational engagement in occupational therapy practice for adults with traumatic brain injury in community settings. Implications are to increase awareness of spirituality within the profession's broad and holistic scope of practice and to ultimately maximize treatment for the target population surrounding identity loss and decreased participation by enhancing spirituality-related assessment and intervention options.
    • Young Children's Social Play Skills Post Pandemic

      Hall, Kiley; Schlenz, Kathleen (2022-05-05)
      Mitigation efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic led to children having decreased peer interactions and increased social isolation. There is limited data on the effects social isolation has had on children’s social and play skill development during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed study aims at determining caregivers perceptions of their 36-66 month old child social play skills. For the proposed study, participants will consist of caregivers of young children 36-66 months old. Participants will complete a researcher designed survey containing statements from a functional, highly researched, social emotional and behavioral tool. It is anticipated that the results of this future study will identify gaps in pediatric practice knowledge regarding the impact social isolation has on children and their social play skills and contribute to the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic as a novel context for the development of social skills.
    • Do Sensory Environments Or Sleep Routines Improve Sleep Participation And Sleep Preparation In Adults With Mental Health Disorders?

      Perkins, Michele; Turcotte, Jill (2022-05-05)
      Over 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. In 2020 alone, 52.9 million adults experienced mental illness. A comprehensive literature review was conducted to help Occupational Therapy Practitioners best utilize evidence-based interventions that help facilitate sleep participation among adults with mental health diagnoses
    • What Interventions Are Effective In Decreasing Loneliness And Social Isolation In Older Adult Long-Term Care Residents

      Heffernan, Allyson; Silveira, Jeramie (2022-05-05)
      This comprehensive literature review explored effective interventions available for older adults living in long term care facilities that work towards reducing social isolation and loneliness, and the role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in facilitating more socialization opportunities for older adult clients.
    • Interventions To Improve Fine Motor Skills In Children With Cerebral Palsy

      Escobar, Sandy; Schlenz, Kathleen (2022-05-05)
      Evidence-based interventions for fine motor skills for children with cerebral palsy were researched through this comprehensive literature review. Children participate in fine motor skills in many occupations like holding a pencil, isolating their finger for their tablets and playing.
    • Are Social Skills And/Or Creative Arts Effective Interventions To Develop Social Skills For Social Participation Among Children Between Grades Kindergarten To 5th Grade?

      Onwochei, Chiedu (2022-05-05)
      This is a comprehensive literature review about the effectiveness of social skills groups and creative arts interventions for developing social skills for social participation for children between grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.
    • Volition Via Culture: Enhancing Occupational Participation Amongst Community Dwelling Elders Of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

      Blount, Kayla; Silveira, Jeramie (2022-05-05)
      Occupational imbalances for community-dwelling elders occur throughout the aging process and may arise due to a lack of resources, disease, illness, and disability. The occupational therapy (OT) scope of practice supports productive aging by considering an individual’s meaningful habits, roles, routines, and values throughout the treatment planning process with a continuous consideration of the client’s cultural lens. Cultural adaptations to meaningful treatment activities aim to increase motivation (volition), engagement, independence, and quality of life. This proposed research study will electronically survey occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) in elder community health programs to determine the methods, tools/supplies, and perceived cultural competency being implemented to culturally adapt treatment interventions.
    • Integrative Review: Certification In Nursing Education

      Pokharel, Deekshya S.; Williams, Cheryl (2022-05-05)
      Nursing, being the foundation of healthcare, need competent nursing educators to prepare the future workforce. Certification demonstrates that a nurse has surmounted a specialized body of knowledge. The National League for Nursing (NLN) offers certification as an academic nurse educator (CNE), academic clinical nurse educator (CNEcl), and novice academic nurse educator (CNEn). The NLN’s nurse educator certification mission is to promote excellence in the advanced specialty role of the nurse educator; clinical and classroom roles. Professional and personal accomplishment, satisfaction, and empowerment are the benefits of certification. Cost, time, academic workloads, lack of promotion, tenure, reward, and certification in another specialty are considered major barriers. Faculty are motivated in pursuing certification if provided ample time, financial reimbursement, and recognition from the institution. Policy development and organizational processes should be expanded to prepare nursing faculty for the CNE since research has shown that certified nursing faculty exhibited improvements in their teaching and their roles were extended. However, little research exists that links certification with improvement in nursing student outcomes.
    • Mothers’ Perceptions Of Mental Health Support In Their First Year Of Parenting

      Benson, Maddison; Turcotte, Jill (2022-05-05)
      There are currently gaps in maternal mental health care in the United States (Verbiest et al., 2018). Many mothers report feelings of sadness, shame, and depression after birth and within their first year of parenting (Prevatt &Desmarais, 2018). The proposed research aims to explore mother’s perceived feelings of maternal mental health support after pregnancy and to gain insight on a perceived need for increased postpartum support for mothers through a quantitative survey. It is anticipated that the study will imply that there is a need for increased maternal mental health support, and that occupational therapy has the tools to address these needs.
    • Parents With Physical Disabilities And Allied Health Support

      Raposa, Sarah; Fink, Twyla (2022-05-05)
      This study will explore the parenting experiences of individuals with physical disabilities, and the supports that they may or may not utilize to facilitate their roles as parents. Research suggests that parents often rely on informal supports, such as family and friends, if they need assistance with childrearing. Understanding the needs of parents with physical disabilities can create more impactful interventions to help individuals participate in childrearing, thus fulfilling their important parenting role.
    • Approaches To Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy For Persons With Intellectual Disabilities

      Wilbur, Jocelyn; Silveira, Jeramie (2022-05-05)
      An exploration of the current approaches utilized by occupational therapy practitioners in treatment of persons with intellectual disabilities, clinical implications, and directions for future research.
    • Effective Interventions To Reduce Anxiety Related To Fear Of Falling

      Kennedy, Sarah; Fink, Twyla (2022-05-05)
      The purpose of this poster presentation is to help occupational therapy practitioners understand what effective interventions are available to reduce anxiety related to fear of falling. A comprehensive literature review was conducted to determine clinically relevant and statistically significant interventions to specifically treat anxiety related to fear of falling.
    • Mental Health Literacy And Occupational Therapy Practice

      Rourke, Amanda; MacLachlan, Jean (2022-05-05)
      This poster presentation will cover a proposed student research study on mental health literacy and occupational therapy practice.
    • Interpretation Preferences Of Spanish- And Portuguese-Speaking Clients In Adult Physical Rehabilitation Settings

      Wilson, Kendra; Fink, Twyla (2022-05-05)
      This poster presentation will provide an overview of a quantitative survey designed to explore the interpretation preference of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking clients in adult physical rehabilitation settings.
    • Improving Cultural Competency To Reduce Health Disparities In Primary Care For FTM (Female To Male) Transgender Population

      Simpson, Mercy; Bashir, Mercy (2022-05-05)
      Transgender people face numerous health disparities as well as stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to care.
    • Creating A Community Of Tolerance And Acceptance In Middle School

      Abel, Shannon; Molnar, Kim (2022-05-05)
      Middle school is a time where students start to figure out who they are and how they want to present themselves to the world. They begin to learn that being different can set them apart and can sometimes lead to intolerance and bullying from their peers. In navigating these changes, 11-14 year olds often experience social-emotional distress. For this project I will implement a monthly bulletin board series with corresponding homeroom activities to highlight and embrace students’ differences. The project will focus on topics such as bullying prevention, diversity, self-esteem, and kindness in an effort to shift mindsets and promote a community of understanding and acceptance at a small suburban middle school. Students will be surveyed at the beginning and end of the year to measure the changing levels of acceptance among peers to determine the program’s effectiveness and the impact on overall school climate.