"A Matter of Balance"
The evidence based falls awareness and prevention program “A Matter of Balance” (MOB) has come to the University of Central Arkansas! Dr. Letha Mosley attended a Master Training course in Portland Maine and came back to implement the program in Central Arkansas. The first coaches trained in 2013 for MOB and included graduate students Lauren Ashley, Tammy Dallari, and Lacey Canizares along with staff at the Emeritus at Pleasant Hills assisted living facility in Little Rock. A program was successfully coordinated and led by Lauren with assistance from Tammy, Lacey and the Emeritus staff as part of an independent study course. Since that time Dr. Mosley has trained others from departments within the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The newest coaches (shown above) received their training during the Falls Awareness and Prevention elective course taught in the summer of 2014. Additional MOB courses for individuals with a fear of falling or who need to improve their strength, flexibility, balance, and/or environments to prevent falls will take place in the Central Arkansas area.
Welcome Class of 2016!
Congratulations Class of 2014!
August 8, 2014
Assistive Technology Elective Engages Students with Clients from the Community!
UCA students enrolled in the Assistive Technology Elective (May & June sections) have been very busy this summer providing services to individuals who live in the community. Students worked with clients on everything from adapting toys to be switch activated to mounting an IPAD for environmental control, accessing a computer, and determining solutions for low vision, mounting a camera and a gun.
The following are just a few pictures that highlight student experiences. Click on picture for full description.
Thanks to all of our great clients! What a great summer!
Harris Named AOTF Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to Haley Harris, class of 2015 who was awarded the Florence Wood Scholarship of the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 2014.
One of the first year students, Josh Krolikowski, has participated in many community events to help promote his role as a future occupational therapist and to serve the Conway area. Mr. Krolikowski currently volunteers at the Conway Bike Share where they repair and refurbish bicycles for donation to the homeless, troubled youth, or impoverished children. They also educate individuals who want to learn how to maintain and repair bikes, and they keep stock of used parts for anyone who wants/needs can have in exchange for time at the bike share. Josh also volunteered at this year’s EcoFest in Conway. He will be creating a display of how Conway's landfill works, how recycling works in Conway, and what happens when people throw trash on the ground. Among these responsibilities, he is also educating and encouraging people to recycle. Mr. Krolikowski will have the opportunity to assist with construction projects and logistics for these events.
Research and Scholarship
Haley Henderson and Dawn Holmes are working with Mr. Toney LeQuieu, case manager for the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, to create an exercise video for individuals in wheelchairs. This project was initiated through an assignment for the OT graduate course, OT in the Community taught by Dr. Tina Mankey, Mrs. Veronica Rowe, and Dr. Jennifer Moore. The video will showcase exercises for individuals with varying levels of spinal cord injuries or any individuals who prefer to exercise in a seated position. During their community project, Ms. Henderson and Mrs. Holmes held a focus group with six participants with varying abilities to learn the wants and needs of this targeted population. Ms. Henderson, Mrs. Holmes, and Mr. LeQuieu have now teamed up with Kim Brown and the Arkansas Trauma Rehabilitation Program for the production and distribution of their proposed research. Future plans include a formally conducted research project and participation at the September Spinal Cord Exposition in Little Rock, AR.
Haley Henderson and Mrs. Elizabeth LeQuieu are working on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project. Their project is a scholarly inquiry into student learning during level 2 fieldwork which advances the practice of teaching by making research findings public. Currently, Ms. Henderson and Mrs. LeQuieu are in the process of data collection. The survey examines the perceptions of Level II Fieldwork educators and students on the effectiveness and efficiency of UCA’s weekly review tool. This tool was developed for the UCA OT program in efforts to meet accreditation requirements and improve the fieldwork program.
During the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference, four current OT students participated in the Maddak awards. OT professionals and students were invited to submit products that they invented or adapted to assist people with disabilities or those recovering from illnesses and injuries. Our innovative UCA participants included OT students Hannah Colvin, Chandler Graham, Sarah Holloway, and Josh Krolikowski. They developed a piece of adaptive equipment that was accepted to be presented at the Maddak Awards in Baltimore, MD. Chandler Graham's hands-free fishing pole placed 3rd overall.
Occupational therapy students Lacie Canizares, Caitlin Krehel, and Stephanie Warner along with Dr. Tina Mankey presented at the AOTA conference in Baltimore, MD. Mrs. Carnizares, Mrs. Krehel, and Ms. Warner played a vital role as research assistants to ensure the success of Dr. Mankey’s project. The presentation explored perceptions of transition team members about the role and involvement of occupational therapy in Arkansas transition services. This study helped to provide substantial how other transition team information about professionals viewed the importance and role of OT. Six groups with twenty-seven participants were recruited from a statewide transition agency. All data was collected during a period of six months and each session was recorded with audio and video. Validity was addressed in the study by completing member checks. This study provided clear insight and direction about the relationship between OT services and transition planning within Arkansas.
Monica Beard Raymond and Sarah Holloway were the two UCA OT students selected as representatives for the LEND training program at University of Arkansas Medical Services (UAMS). As trainees, Mrs. Beard-Raymond and Ms. Holloway were both required to complete 300 hours of training with the program. This program encompasses solution-focused learning, research seminars, clinical activities, and leadership projects combating the Autism Act and the Maternal Child Health bureau within the health resources and services administration at the Department of Health and Human Services.
The 2014 Marion Ross Scholarship recipients were Caitlin Krehel and Stephanie Warner for significant accomplishments in research. This grants supports student research, artistic endeavors, and creative activities as well as travel for dissemination. The scholarship program helped support travel to the national conference held by American Occupational Therapy Association. Mrs. Krehel and Ms. Warner both actively participated in an oral research presentation at conference.
Service-Learning Faculty Award
Faculty Excellence Award
Upcoming "Volunteer" Opportunity
Summer is just around the corner and we are looking for volunteers to help serve at A-Camp.
A-Camp is a 6 week Summer Day Camp for children with autism to have the opportunity to experience a fun, exciting day camp setting, but yet are in an environment where all their needs are met. Volunteer slots are on a first come first serve basis, so the sooner you get the application in the better. We have 12 slots available per week, in which 9 are for A-Camp (Elementary School Ages) and 3 in Adventure Camp (Middle School Ages) and times vary for each of those groups. Volunteers may choose to volunteer one week or up to all six weeks. For the consistency of our campers, we prefer that our volunteers sign up for two weeks but will allow one week. It is also preferred that the weeks chosen are consecutive weeks Volunteer Application Packets must be completed and returned by April 11, 2014.
A-Camp is an independently run camp located at Camp Aldersgate. Camp Aldersgate is a 50 acre facility that is dedicated to servicing the needs of children with disabilities; it is located off of Kanis Road in the heart of West Little Rock. It provides our kids with an actual camp experience, without having to leave town. The kids will be able swim, fish, hike, and run while having their individual needs met.
Second year students in the Evaluation & Treatment in Pediatrics II course met their match on Friday February 28th , when three elementary school-age kids joined the OT students in lab for a friendly (but challenging) hands-on learning experience. Our three visitors assisted Mrs. Saviers in teaching fine motor skills and intervention through a toy analysis lab. OT students were able to interact and engage in play with each kid of a different ability level. Our three guests challenged the OT students to games such as Operation, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Kerplunk, and Go Fishing. By engaging the kids in their childhood occupation of play, the OT students were able to observe first hand how fine motor skills, visual-motor skills, problem-solving, and psychosocial deficits (to name a few) could be addressed through these fun and meaningful activities. Along with clinical observation skills, the OT students were able to problem-solve as a group various ways to adapt games to each child’s individual level. This experience encouraged students to view everyday toys in a new way; allowing them the opportunity to see how games most children have or are commercially available can be used therapeutically.
From the smiles and laughter in the lab, it was hard to tell who had the most fun…our three guests or the OT students! One thing is for sure; on this day, everyone went home a winner.
Backpack Awareness Day
September, 2013 thirty-eight members of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) participated in Backpack Awareness Day. They joined occupational therapists from across the nation to educate others about backpack safety and prevention of injury. Occupational therapy students presented backpack awareness in all Career Orientation Classes at Conway Junior High School. Eighth grade students were instructed and practiced proper backpack wearing techniques, learned about the best way to pack a backpack, and measured the current weight of their backpacks to determine if they were adhering to recommended weight to body ratios. In addition the students were educated about the career of occupational therapy through discussion and interactive games.
"Babies Become Instructors at UCA"
As part of the new curriculum, eight babies ranging in age from 3 weeks to 9 months old participated in the new Assessment Course. Our youngest instructors came to UCA on January 23 to assist Dr. Mankey in the teaching of reflex assessment. Students had the opportunity to observe head righting, equilibrium, protective extension, Landau reflex, asymmetrical tonic neck reflex and symmetrical tonic neck reflex, grasp reflex, and positive stepping reactions.Given the age of these instructors, you never know what's going to be in the lesson plan for the day. One lucky student had the opportunity to change her first diaper!
Mr. Jeremy Furniss, MS, OTR/L, UCA alumnus, accepts position at AOTA
Excerpt from a recent press release from AOTA
BETHESDA, MD—In an ongoing effort to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is pleased to announce a new additions to its Public Affairs team: Jeremy Furniss, MS, OTR/L, as a Coding and Payment Specialist. Furniss, a native of Arkansas, will provide analytical support related to public and private payment policies, particularly in relation to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) as published by the American Medical Association (AMA) and activities of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); serve as an analyst for all AMA coding activities including development of CPT codes; and support AOTA’s HCPAC Advisors and internal committees related to coding and reimbursement to formulate comments to the AMA.
"Family Feud: Story of the Lost Coin" (Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00pm Reynolds Performance Hall)
All are invited to "Family Feud: Story of the Lost Coin" by the Acting Creates Therapeutic Success (ACTS) drama troupe. This free performance will be held Thursday November 14 at 7:00 pm in Reynold's Performance Hall.
A little history... ACTS is a performing arts program designed to enable adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Beginning in 1997, the program had 4 performers (adults with disabilities) and 4 occupational therapy students. To date, we have approximately 30 occupational therapy students and over 70 performers enrolled in the program! Every Monday afternoon for an hour during the spring and fall semesters, students engage the performers in activities and rehearsals that culminate in the annual fall performance. Each year a theme is chosen (no scripts) and the performers, under the guidance of the students, develop the stories and their characters.
"Family Feud: Story of the Lost Coin" is a story about a coin thought to bring happiness, wealth, and health that is found by friends following a long voyage. Unfortunately, the coin is lost and a feud commences between the two families. Follow the Hatfield and McCoy family descendants as they search for the infamous lost coin. During the story, you will travel to far away places and meet characters like Gilligan McCoy, Tarzan, and Elvis just to name a few. Come see which family will go down in history as winning the family feud!
We look forward to seeing you!
Cathy Acre and Jennifer Moore
Co-Directors, Acting Creates Therapeutic Success
Interprofessional Experiences offered to Students
Second year Occupational Therapy students participated in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences’ Interprofessional Forum held in Reynolds Performance Hall / Brewer Hegeman on October 29.
Eight CHBS disciplines were represented with an estimated 330 upper level undergraduate /graduate students. We also had approximately 30 pharmacy students from UAMS participating this year. (CHBS disciplines included Communication Science (SLP), Psychology, Dietetics, Health Education, KPED, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy - and UAMS Pharmacy students).
As part of the forum, students worked on a case study to problem solve how they could collaborate with other disciplines to help an older client who is at a risk for falls. Students also collaborated to determine how they could work together to screen individuals in the community to prevent fall risk, and how each discipline could contribute to community programming to increase balance and safety for older adults.
Plans are currently being made for CHBS students to participate in service learning in the spring to assist with the UCA Health Fair.
1st Annual "Show of Hands" Exhibit (Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1-3pm Doyne Health Science Center, 3rd Floor)
"Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health."
- Mary Reilly
The exhibit entitled “Show of Hands” marks the first semester of occupational therapy school for UCA occupational therapy students. Like the experience of hand casting, the journey toward becoming an occupational therapist is marked by periods of intense activity, excitement, frustration, pleasure, and contemplation.
Typical for endeavors associated with the field of occupational therapy, the process and outcome of hand casting reflects a complex blend of science and artistry. There is no denying the psychosocial aspect of creating an image of oneself. The occupational therapy students have taken the complex process of alginate and hydrostone casting to another level through their display of expressive hand gestures and the inclusion of objects that represent who they were, are now, and someday hope to be.
Please join us on Homecoming weekend, October 26, 2013 from 1-3pm on the 3rd floor of Doyne Health Science Center for our 1st annual “Show of Hands” reception and UCA Occupational Therapy Department open house. We hope you enjoy the show! For a sneak peek, click here!
Special thanks to the Texas Woman’s University, OT Dept in Dallas
for the creation and sharing of the idea of a show of hands!
Faculty to Present Posters at ASHT
Dr. Marc Willey, Associate Professor, has been chosen for two poster presentations at the American Society for Hand Therapists (ASHT) 36th Annual Meeting being held in Chicago, IL, October 24-27, 2103. Posters are entitled "Functional Tendon Transfer for a Mutilating Hand Injury-Extensor Indicies to Ring and Small Finger Extensor Digitorum, Surgical and Rehabilitation Management - A Case Study" and "Splinting for Syndactyly Release - A New Design".
Occupational Therapy Hosted Annual Open House
The Department of Occupational Therapy hosted their Annual Open House on Thursday, October 10th during X-period (1:40-2:30pm) in Doyne Health Science Center, 309B.
Faculty Presents Poster at AOTA/NBCOT Education Summit 2013
Dr. Lorrie George-Paschal, Associate Professor, is presenting a poster entitled "Ripples in the SoTL Waters: The Experiences of One Participant's Experience of Being Mentored in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning".
UCA Challenge 2013
Did you know that IPod or MP3 ownership has gone from 18% to 76% among 8 to 18 year olds since 2004? Also, cell phone ownership has increased from 39% to 66% as well as laptop ownership from 12% to 29% over that same time period. Media is everywhere in our lives and no longer consists of just TV and newspapers. To com
bat this change in information that affects our occupational choices, the UCA Department of Occupational Therapy participated in UCA Challenge during the week of July 8-12, 2013. This week long summer camp is dedicated to promoting hand-on science based learning for children entering 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Lacie Canizares, a third year occupational therapy student, revamped the curriculum as part of her leadership project with LEND, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, in conjunction with UAMS. Lacie, along with her faculty advisor, Dr. Tina Mankey, developed the class session theme, Media Monster, this year. This program was an interactive week long adventure into media and how it affects our occupational choices. Some questions they had their participants answer through discovery learning were: So what is media? How does it affect me and the choices I make? How does it influence my daily occupations like eating and physical activity? These discovery learning activities included building and breaking bones, cooking healthy snacks, and making commercials for healthy habits. At the close of camp, all 61 participants reported positive outcomes to include an increase in knowledge. Both Lacie and Dr. Mankey felt the week was a success at increasing the participant’s awareness of media and its effects on occupational choices.