Teaching and Learning

November 10, 2017

OT Students at the Central Baptist College Graduate Fair

Hanna Betts, Sammi Lambert, Anna Mayor, Jordan Sutton and Emma Kinsey

First year OT students represented the UCA Dept. of OT at the Central Baptist College Graduate Fair. Interested participants could test their OT knowledge with a spinning wheel game and receive general information about OT as well as the UCA OT program! Great job, students raising awareness of OT and representing UCA! If you or someone you know are interested in OT, call or email our Department – we would love to chat with you!!

Our 2020 students representing UCA OT at Central Baptist College

November 10, 2017

2020 Students Get Crafty

The Art & Science class completed their pillow-sewing projects today! This activity helps reinforce how the OT profession is rooted in the Arts & Craft Movement and how crafts can be used as therapeutic media. Nice job, everyone!

Ashley Maffit, Christina Bowen and Chelsae McCall

Abby Boehm and Emma Kinsey

November 10, 2017

Trunk-or-Treat: OT In the Community

These 1st year OTD students had a great time working on their advocacy skills and raising awareness of OT in the community while serving local children! Students participated in Conway

Megan Bodiford, Sarah Swaim, Lexie Huddleston, Ciara Fleer and Bentley Brodnax

Wesley United Methodist Church’s Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween. They decorated two trunks, provided games for children and families, had candy (of course), and provided information on how to make Halloween accessible for all children. In addition, students displayed a poster with basic information about OT and OT’s role with children. This group had great conversations about OT and looked great in their costumes! Way To Go!

October 31, 2017

Annual Halloween Dance

On Halloween it’s great to remember the annual Halloween Dance the OT Department hosts for Independent Living Services in Conway. On October 10th the first year OTD students did a great job making this a fun event for everyone!

October 17, 2017

UCA Students Represent OT at Service-Learning Lunch and Learn

UCA Students, Samantha Lambert and Chelsae McCall participated in the October 17th – Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Lunch and Learn Event related to Service-Learning. Dr. LaVona Traywick and Lorrie George-Paschal participated in the event as service-learning faculty representatives.

Our occupational therapy students engaged actively in round-table discussions with representatives of UCA community partners and UCA faculty!  Discussions were facilitated through topic statements on the tables — highlighting the benefits and challenges of service-learning for students, partners, and faculty.

The debrief, led by Lesley Graybeal, highlighted student learning and faculty’s perceptions of the benefits of this teaching and learning pedagogy!

October 6, 2017

Service Learning at Brookdale Chenal Heights

Way to go OT service-learning students! So many smiles in these photos. We are grateful for our continued partnership with Brookdale Chenal Heights and the opportunities they provide for our OT students!

September 29, 2017

Pediatric Interventions Class at Pediatrics Plus in Conway

This week in the Pediatric Interventions course, students took a hands-on approach to learning about sensory integration intervention strategies by designing and implementing a variety of sensory activities with a nursery rhyme theme for children at Pediatrics Plus in Conway! On campus, students got to experience common sensory approaches for themselves! It was an exciting learning experience for all! The students were mentored by Dr. Tina Mankey, Mrs. Brittany Saviers, and Mr. Justin Brazeal. Many thanks to the staff and children at Pediatrics Plus for having us!

September 21, 2017

Pediatric Interventions class

Last week the Pediatric Interventions class participated, led,& analyzed social & behavioral intervention activities. Facility dog, Nibs taught about use of animal assisted therapy in this area! Lots of learning & laughter with hats, obstacle courses, & painting!

September 14, 2017

Having some fun with the history of OT

Fun times in the Professional Foundations class over the past week! Students learned the history of OT by capturing the societal and healthcare events of a decade and presenting the influence on the OT profession while paying special attention to the tenets of OT and the profession’s occupation-base.
First up…Pre-history 1700-1900

Next Up…1900-1920’s
This group brought all the founding fathers & mothers to play a historical game of Jeopardy!



This group chose a History of OT Documentary!

Nothing says OT history in the 1920’s-1940’s like a Snow White and the 6 Dwarfs skit!

Next Time Period..1940-1959

This group did a USO Video!

1960-1979’s created an Anchorman inspired version of OT History!

A spin-off of the Friends sitcom represents OT History in the 1980’s-1999.

2000-Present OT History presented by “The Amanda Show”

September 7, 2017

Value of Self-Reflection!

Class of 2020: Learning the value of self-reflection by making creative and individualized name tags!

July 31, 2017

OT Class of 2018 Present Research Results!

L-R: Lyndsey, Rachel, Kelsey, Brady

L-R: Ladd, Lindsey, Logan, Reagan


L-R: Kristen, Alyssa, Molly

July 28, 2017

More from the ARC Arkansas Performing Arts Camp!

How many people can you fit into a closet!?

Arc Arkansas, in partnership with UCA OT Department, presented the “Book of Wonders” Friday, July 28th!! The performance was held in Arkansas Hall on Henderson State University campus. It did not disappoint.

It started with a thread of an idea and was knit into a fabulous show including dance, drama, video, set design, and costuming!!! The performers came from Arkansas, Texas, and California!!

July 12, 2017

OT Department utilizes the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation!

On July 5, occupational therapy students in the Formative Competency course took advantage of the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation by running two client simulations in preparation for the final competency exams. Students were able to get hands-on experience while applying their knowledge and skills in interviewing, assessing, making clinical observations, therapeutic use of self, debriefing, and much more with simulations related to Human Development and Psyschological Disorders. The students and the Department of OT would like to thank our clients who spent the day with us teaching – Ian Rowe and Mrs. Leslie Sims! Also, a big thanks to Jacob Baker (simulation center manager) for his hard work in getting us set-up!




May 1, 2017

“Head Cases” – Neuro Presentations

Students re-enacted stories of brain injury from Michael Paul Mason’s book “Head Cases” in their Applied Neuroscience class. The students did a great job of bringing the stories to life! They gained great insights about the common themes of change for the person, their families, the need for insurance, intervention for longer than the initial 4 week period after the injury, acceptances and of course, adaptation! They all did a great job!!

April 21, 2017

Learning about Lymphedema

The Conditions class learned about Lymphedema this week from Certified Lymphedema Therapist, James Saviers, MOT, CLT-LANA and his UCA OT 3 month fieldwork student, Matthew Lacy. We enjoyed the hands-on activities and thank you for sharing your knowledge and for your continued collaboration.

April 21, 2017

Sensory Day at UCA

OT students got Sensory Savvy hosting a “Sensory Day” on campus this week! UCA students were able to take a quick sensory break and participate in a variety of hands-on activities that incorporated their tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, oral motor, olfactory, and other senses! This experience was a great way for OT students to apply and educate others about the principles of the Sensory Integration frame of reference they have been learning about in their theory course.

April 12, 2017

Sensory Integration at Peds Plus

A sea of purple flooded the sensory gyms at Pediatrics Plus (Conway location) today as students connected the classroom to the clinic as a way to experience Sensory Integration in action for part of the Theory course.
A big thanks to Jamie Bailey, the team of OT’s, and Pediatrics Plus for making this experience possible and for their continued dedication to our students’ learning!

April 10, 2017

Students get creative with course assignment!
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Students L-R: April Davis, Deborah Coltharp, Erin Spence and Brittany Barre

Students got creative when making a 3D model to connect information learned from their assessment and theory courses. Great job!

March 16, 2017

Learning in the Nabholz Center
Dr. Stearns (rt) and the Class of 2018

Dr. Stearns (right) and the Class of 2018


Applied Neuroscience students enjoyed learning in the new Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation this week!

March 23, 2017

Congratulations Dr. LaVona Traywick

Dr. Traywick successfully completed UCA Center for Teaching Excellence Recognition Track!  She will be recognized during the Faculty Recognition Reception on April 20, 2017.  Congratulations LaVona!

March 15, 2017

Pediatrics & Problem-Based Learning

Students in problem-based learning shared information with their classmates today on the topics of cerebral palsy, oppositional defiant disorder, and autism. It’s a great day for teaching your peers!

March 9, 2017

Learning About Low Vision

The Conditions Influencing Occupational Performance class learned how low vision can impact occupational engagement and performance today with the help of Dr. George-Paschal and a valued guest – her mother! Students also received hands-on experience with assistive technology for low vision.

July 2016

OT Population and Community Course Students Organize and Participate in Community Projects
Arc Arts Summer Camp

Arc Arts Summer Camp was a one-week unique camp experience for adults with intellectual disabilities hosted by Arc Arkansas out of Little Rock. Hosted at Henderson State University this year, individuals spent the week preparing for a final performance which included daily classes of drama or dance.  Our program was implemented as part of the camp experience to provide opportunities for individuals to participate in group activities as a way to increase their social engagement and participation. During this week occupational therapy students planned, developed, and implemented evening activities such as charades, various ‘get to know you’ games, bingo, card and board games to promote positive social interaction skills in a group setting.  As part of our program development, we designed a portfolio that will be provided to the Arc in Little Rock which includes specific social engagement activities for continuation of our program goal. Arc Arts Summer Camp

Keep It Going Club

Our “Keep It Going” program utilizes secondary prevention to target the elderly population at Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (GNRC). The direct recipients include the participants at GNRC that take part in our 6 week program. These individuals will benefit from therapeutic exercises and activities that promote engagement in meaningful occupation to increase manual muscle strength, endurance, sensory integration, socialization, and cognitive function.

Come Grow With Us

Come Grow With Us worked with residents at Conway Human Development Center (CHDC) to encourage social interaction and creativity through the use of participation in a therapeutic gardening activity. Residents were encouraged to decorate and pot their own plants, water them, and sell them at a CHDC event.

Safe at Home
The Safe at Home project was developed to educate the community, specifically the elderly population on maintaining/creating a safe living environment, educating on home modifications and fall prevention, and encourage self-advocacy. An educational booth was set up at a local hardware store in Greenbrier, AR with pamphlets, checklists, fact and tip sheets, as well as materials for home modifications that could be purchased from the location. The group was available for demonstration and questioning on location.
 Media Monsters

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 takes on many different forms. However, we often don’t think about the impact it may be having on us. So what is media? How does it affect me and the choices I make? Does it influence my daily occupations like eating and physical activity? These are some of the questions Media Monsters will seek to answer through experiential activities including making your own commercial.

Camp Compassion
A summer day program for children with and without disabilities, the camp works to promote participation and encourage growth among children in the Conway area. At Camp Compassion Occupational Therapy students worked with children by implementing activities to increase social participation and independence with self-care skills.
Camp Compassion

Camp Compassion

Through Their Lens
Students worked with residents at Conway Human Development Center to host a photography show where the residents shared their work and described the importance to them.
July 25, 2016
UCA Challenge

Cody Stoops, Emily Nehus, Rebecca Gottsponer, Alex Lee, and Lydia Cody, graduate occupational therapy students, along with Tina A. Mankey, Ed.D., OTR/L, an associate professor, recently participated in a week long summer camp, UCA Challenge. The camp was sponsored by the College of Education and over 50 elementary students participated. Mr. Stoops and other students led hands-on lessons for the session, Media Monsters. In Media Monsters, the students discovered the importance of understanding media and how it affects our lifestyle choices. The students were exposed to how media can influence healthy choices and the importance of making healthy choices on one’s health. During the week, the students planned and produced their own creative commercials on healthy choices and/or physical activity. To conclude, the students had a viewing party, along with homemade popcorn and drinks.

April 20, 2016
Service-Learning Awards
L-R: Casey Stewart, Dr. Jennifer Moore, Grant Camden, Mrs. Brittany Saviers, Dr. Lorrie Paschal

L-R: Casey Stewart, Dr. Jennifer Moore, Grant Camden, Mrs. Brittany Saviers, Dr. Lorrie Paschal

A wonderful evening was to be had at the Service-Learning Awards Banquet on April 19th. Our department, students and faculty were highlighted – please see below:
Congratulations to all!
Student Award Nominations:
Casey Stewart (winner) – Spirit of Humanity Award
Grant Camden (runner-up) – Exceptional Achievement in Service LearningCommunity Partner of the Year Award Nominations:

L-R: UCA President Tom Courtway, Judge Troy Braswell, Chief of Staff Faye Shepherd, Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Casey Stewart

L-R: UCA President Tom Courtway, Judge Troy Braswell, Chief of Staff Faye Shepherd, Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Casey Stewart

Faulkner County Juvenille Court – (winner)
ARC Arkansas – (nominee)
ACTS Jr. – (nominee)
Brookdale Memory Center – (nominee)

Faculty Practitioner of the Year Award:
Mrs. Brittany Saviers – (runner-up)
Other community partners attending the event:
Boys & Girls Club
Community Connections
Conway Cradle Care
March 31, 2016
UCA Occupational Therapy Program: Educating Master’s OT Students in Assistive Technology and Developing Leadership Skills

On March 29th, UCA Occupational Therapy Department hosted an Assistive Technology (AT) Lab experience for 20 Occupational Therapy Assistant Students from Arkansas Tech University, Ozark Campus!  Dr. Paschal coordinated the event and six Occupational Therapy student volunteers helped by sharing technology with OTA students. Equipment stations included technology for Low Vision, Hearing, Communication, Computer Access, and Environmental Activities of Daily Living.  Equipment demonstrated was provided by a grant from Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN).  It was a great experience and we loved having these future professionals come to UCA!!

Many thanks to our OT student volunteers! Dr. Paschal

Adapting Toys and Talking Books!
Mentoring Mom and Graduate Occupational Therapy Students! (Dr. Lorrie Paschal, Kerrie Bollinger, Taylor Johnson, and Emily Ratcliff)

Mentoring Mom and Graduate Occupational Therapy Students! (Dr. Lorrie Paschal, Kerrie Bollinger, Taylor Johnson, and Emily Ratcliff)

Assistive Technology!
Holly Schroeder and her mom Alicia visited UCA’s Occupational Therapy House, December 3rd to learn how to adapt toys and learn how to develop and use talking books! Holly had many toys that she could not access due to cerebral palsy. So with student volunteers Kerrie, Taylor and Emily, we adapted a toy and engaged her mom in the process. Within six hours, her mom had emailed Dr. Paschal letting her know that she had already adapted another toy by herself and had borrowed a trackball for accessing the PPT!

Students Reactions to this experience:

“There was such a light in both of their eyes when Holly was able to activate the Chihuahua’s singing and dancing routine” T. Johnson, OTSpic2

“I am so excited as an OT student to continue being involved with families … to empower them with knowledge to help their children and family members play together”  K. Bollinger, OTS

Homecoming Week:
3rd Annual “Show of Hands” Exhibits
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Student Center during x-period, 1:40-2:30 pm)
(Saturday, October 31, 2015, Doyne Health Science Center Lobby, all day)


“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 Tuesday, October 27, 2015, in front of the Student Center during x-period VRowe Sample(1:40-2:30), and during Homecoming weekend, October 31, 2015, all day in the lobby of Doyne Health Science Center for our 3rd annual “Show of Hands” from the UCA Occupational Therapy Department. 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!

April 21, 2015
Service Learning Awards Recipients

Congratulations to Josh McDowell and Veronica Bausom!

I am very proud to announce that UCA Occupational Therapy Students received 2 out of the 3 student awards given at the 2nd Annual University of Central Arkansas Service Learning Awards Ceremony, April 21.

Dr Steven Rungy with Veronica Bausom

Dr Steven Runge with Veronica Bausom

Dr Steven Rungy with Josh McDowell

Dr Steven Runge with Josh McDowell

Josh received the Leadership in Service Learning Award – The recipient of this award takes initiative and is committed to the ongoing development of service learning at UCA. Nominated by Debbie Cummings at Conway Regional Rehabilitation, Ms. Cummings stated that “Josh is a graduate student who was the clear group leader during his occupational therapy service-learning course.  Josh had excellent leadership qualities that were displayed during the students’ time at the therapy center [Conway Regional Rehabilitation Center]. Josh was a great support for fellow students and patients and he was always very outgoing and encouraging to everyone.

“Veronica received the Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Award.  The recipient of this award demonstrates sustained commitment to excellence in service-learning, exhibits dedication to community partners, articulates the importance of service within the context of the academic course, incorporates service-learning experiences into her personal and professional goals, perspectives and values.  Veronica was nominated by Boys & Girls Club —  “Veronica always took the initiative to handle any problems that occurred.  She worked very well with the kids and had a take charge attitude.  She also had a special way of making everyone feel important!”

All of our students make their professors proud on a regular basis.  It is nice for others to recognize the excellence and potential that our students possess!

Congratulations Josh & Veronica!
Dr. Lorrie George-Paschal

Occupational Therapy Student helps and learns from a hero!

Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork student, Kirby Kirkland, is part of the team who was helping a hero. Being placed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany was a dream that came true. While she might argue that she is helping heroes daily, she recently worked with a hero with international acclaim, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone. For more information, follow this link

Live “Emojis” at Play!

The students were in action by creating sensory games to help the children learn emotions and feelings at Pediatrics Plus! The students planned a variety of games and activities for the children to have fun with emotions. It was an exciting learning experience for all! The students were mentored by Dr. Tina Mankey and Mrs. Brittany Saviers.

Let’s All Play!

In the theory course, the students are learning about numerous theories used in occupational therapy practice. For the Sensory Integration theory, students created sensory experiences in the Health Promotion and Wellness (HPAW) residential college. The students were responsible for doing sensory activities with the residential students and sharing the purpose of the activity using the Sensory Integration theory in occupational therapy practice. All the students had fun! The students were mentored by Dr. Tina Mankey and Kaley Likes, OT graduate assistant.

December 18, 2014

Trip to AOTA Student Conclave in St. Louis

…………..by Josh KrolikowskiSt.Louis group pic edited

On November 13th, following the ACTS play, five students from the occupational therapy department (Jessica Sheffield, Sara Madron, Leila Lipham, Debbie Onukwube, and Josh Krolikowski) drove to St. Louis, Missouri for the annual AOTA Student Conclave. At the conclave, they were able to network with other occupational therapy students from across the country, meet leaders within the AOTA organization, learn from special topics lectures (mental health, work & industry, transition to first year practice, etc.), and gain insight on preparation for their national certification exam. In addition, they got to experience the city via the City Museum, the city zoo, unique restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. The students drove back to central Arkansas on a snowy November 16th to find that they had much homework to catch up on.

December 8, 2014

Congratulations to our Students
For passing the Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS) Exam

The following students passed the Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS) exam on November 19, 2014:  Mikayla Tomaszewski, Kirby Kirkland, Donnafe Turner, Lou Ross, Megan Bradley, Haley Henderson, and Sarah Pfitzinger.

This program is governed by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) and is administered by the Brain Injury Association of America. The training and certification exam are intended for paraprofessionals and professionals at all levels who want a strong foundation in the best practices in brain injury rehabilitation.  ACBIS has opened the certification process as a provisional certification to graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited university degree program. The intent is to provide in-depth training for those pre-professionals who intend to develop a career working with individuals who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury. To attain full certification, candidates must complete 500-hours of verified clinical employment and/or supervised academic internship experience working with individuals who have a brain injury within a 3-year period from the date of original PCBIS certification.

These students completed training to prepare them to take the certification examination.  The test was proctored by Veronica T. Rowe, MS, OTR/L, CBIST, and all students passed on their first trial.  To obtain full CBIS certification, they must complete the required work experience and training.  As provisionally certified brain injury specialists, they are associated with the Brain Injury Association of America, have demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge in the field of brain injury rehabilitation, and will be an integral member of an expanding group of professionals seeking to offer optimal care for individuals with a brain injury.  This is an excellent foundation of knowledge to support an exciting clinical and/or academic career!  Congratulations Mikayla, Kirby, Fey, Lou, Megan, Haley, and Sarah!