Our students wanted to show off the clothing from our fall apparel selection!💛 What is your favorite item?
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Grad 2 students learning about the cool features in our smart apartment escape room style!
Congratulations to Ishanie Choudry, Class of 2024, and Mary Davis, Class of 2025 for the publication of your article in AJOT!
Studying the Specificity of Research Reporting for Ayres Sensory Integration® Interventions in the Published Literature: A Scoping Review Gaps identified in this scoping review highlight inconsistencies in the reporting of treatment specificity that may affect the replication and translation of Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) research into practice.
Researchers in the Department of Occupational Therapy are conducting a study to learn about the
immediate effects of stochastic resonance (imperceivable vibration) on manual dexterity as well as the
feasibility of wearing the device for one week. Stroke survivors have decreased tactile sensation and
manual dexterity on half of their body, leading to difficulty completing everyday tasks. The evidence
from this study will provide information about whether this device is feasible to wear during daily
activities for one week. We are recruiting chronic stroke survivors over the age of 18 who are at least six
months post stroke. The visits will be conducted in the Sensorimotor Performance and Rehabilitation
Engineering (SPRE) lab in the Department of Occupational Therapy or the research team can travel to
your home if needed. If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of participating in this
study, please contact the study team for more information. The SPRE lab can be reached at 804-828-
1564 or by [email protected].
More Information: https://rampages.us/spre/srs/
Happy New Year! Our students started classes back up this Tuesday. We are excited for a great spring semester!
What is one fun thing you did over the holidays?
Free seminar, featuring our own Stacey Reynolds.
Happy Holidays! We are ready for some hot cocoa, holiday movies, and rest! What do you look forward to doing over the holidays?
What are you doing over winter break?
Here is the OT Practice article by Katie Hamlin Pacheco, Class of 2017, on creating a plan to address the needs of children with SPD during an evacuation.
Natural disaster evacuation planning: Supporting children with SPD | AOTA OTPs who work to address the needs of children with SPD—and their families—as they prepare for natural disasters can increase safety and even save lives.
Katie Hamlin-Pacheco, Class of 2017, created a resource to help families with special needs create an evacuation plan. The resource is free and can be downloaded here: https://www.brainexecutiveprogram.com/sensory-safe-evacuation-planner?fbclid=IwAR37tXM1Pg6tC3z6-IiEXYK0ITWNi50WWd6U8hOK2Am9xOWwBA551Ql-v0s
Sensory Safe Evacuation Planner — Brain Executive Program Evacuating for a natural disaster is stressful. Sensory challenges, and parenting a child who has sensory challenges, can make it even more so.PLANNING IS KEY.Have you thought about how your child’s sensory patterns may need support during an evacuation? Click on the image to read Katie’s articl...
Tis the season! We had the pleasure of attending Sensitive Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond! The Grad I's brought Christmas carnival games for the kids to play. We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to attend next year!
Congratulations to Audrey Kane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA for being accepted in the Roster of Fellows in the AOTA!
This group of Grad IIs won “full funding” for their grant proposal “Creating Confident Caregivers” in Program Development with Audrey! Their program sought to provide easier access to quality prenatal care resources along with mental health support for young pregnant women. Awesome work!
Look at the great work that our students are doing to support Virginia Down Syndrome Association Learning Program! And that's alum, Michelle Allen, Class of 1992!
Audrey Kane and colleagues, presented today at the Division of Early Childhood annual conference. Presentation was Policy Impact Supporting Families During the Transition from NICU to Home.
Our Grad 1s had a busy day on Monday! In the morning that got to work with Sportable in Analysis of Human Occupation class! Thank you to Caitlyn and David for coming out today! Here are a few pics from the sports they tried out. If you haven’t heard of Sportable check them out! https://www.facebook.com/SportableRVA
On Monday, our Grad Is had the amazing opportunity to zoom with Dr.Michael Iwama during their theory class. They learned about the KAWA model in more depth and how it was created. He provided them with kind words and advice for taking on the career of occupational therapy. Thank you Dr.Iwama for joining us!
This past Friday we had our first round of interviews! We are so excited that this process has started. Good luck to everyone currently going through the application and interview process!
Look at these Grad 2s!
We are excited to announce the launch of our Rollator Repair Program! 🎉
With the wear and tear of regular use in the community, it is not uncommon for rollators to break down before insurance will pay for a replacement, and for many folks paying for expensive repairs or purchasing new equipment is not within their means.
We train health professional students in basic rollator maintenance and repairs and hold pop-up repair clinics throughout the community: in senior apartment buildings, health fairs...where ever folks with rollators may congregate!
We held our first pop-up clinic in a senior apartment building in the East End this week. The team of Occupational Therapy - College of Health Professions students changed wheels, adjusted brakes, replaced missing screws and bolts, and educated folks on rollator safety.
A special shout-out to the F.R.E.E. Foundation of Virginia who let us salvage parts from rollators they couldn’t use.
Stacey Reynolds presenting at AOTA Ed Summit.
VCU OT at AOTA Education Summit!
Katherine Keesee, Class of 2022, and Lauren Andelin presenting at AOTA Education Summit.
Megan Osborne, Class of 2023, presented her capstone work at AOTA Education Summit! Way to go Megan!
Happy Neuroween! Our Grad 1s had an opportunity for extra credit if they dressed up in a neuro themed costume for Halloween! Here are some pictures of their costumes.
OT students at Children’s Assistive Technology Services (CATS) Trunk or Treat! It was a warm one!
Read the VCU News Story on OT Faculty Emeritus Tony Gentry!
Half a world away, VCU’s Tony Gentry shares his wisdom on technology and autism The College of Health Professions expert recently completed a long-delayed Fulbright fellowship in Malaysia.
American Hippotherapy Association Workshop
From Dream Catchers in Toano, VA: We are a therapeutic horseback riding center, and we are hosting a 3-day American Hippotherapy Association workshop, Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Part 1, from December 1st to December 3rd. If anyone might like to join us for this workshop, they can register through the AHA website, https://aha.memberclicks.net/part_i_onsite_toano_va.
Dream Catchers – Where Horse Power Changes Lives Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center enriches the lives of children, adults, and families through equine assisted services offering education, empowerment, healing, and hope.
Wednesday, Oct 18th at 7:00 pm EST. The VCU COTAD chapter is sponsoring a session on OT's Role in Breast Cancer. Please join us! See the attached flyer for details!
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