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Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (ASOT)  Presentations by MSOT Blue 2020 and Yellow 2021

The (ASOT) Vision in Action (VIA) conference celebrates Spalding University’s vision and mission to meet the needs of the times, and the program’s vision for creating compassionate occupational therapy leaders. Due to Covid-19, The Summer 2020 (VIA) conference was canceled. Graduating students have recorded research on a variety of topics in numerous areas of specialties as outlined below. We hope you enjoy their presentations!

Children and Youth

Which interventions are most effective for promoting participation in daily occupations among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Sadie Aschbacher, OTS Blue 2020

What OT interventions are most efficacious for improving occupational performance in pediatric clients with limb deficiency?

Carley Butler, OTS Blue 2020

What are the effects of incorporating meaningful occupations to decrease occupational deprivation in children with disabilities?

Mary Dodd, OTS Blue 2020

In children diagnosed with cancer, which interventions are effective to decrease the impact of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy?

Diandra Elsner, OTS Blue 2020

Among children with physical disabilities, do sports and recreational activities result in improved self-image for returning to play participation in play activity with peers?

Jacob Estienne, OTS Blue 2020

In pediatric clients with executive function deficits, which parent-mediated interventions are effective to improve occupational performance?

Corinne Hosch, OTS Blue 2020

In school-aged children with ASD, which interventions are most effective in promoting social participation?

Cuc Ly, OTS Blue 2020

What is the effectiveness of handwriting programs in school-aged children?

Casey Masters, OTS Blue 2020

What is the effectiveness of a multifaceted sensory approach for the pediatric population?

McKenzee Muenchen, OTS Blue 2020

In children diagnosed with chronic neuropathic pain, which occupational therapy interventions are effective to decrease pain?

Kathryn Noonan, OTS Blue 2020

Do children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) demonstrate improved social participation when using sensory-based interventions compared to usual care?

Soshanna Renfro, OTS Blue 2020

In children who have experienced trauma, what occupational therapy interventions are effective in improving occupational performance?

Leyna Ritter, OTS Blue 2020

Do family-centered interventions combined with sensory integration improve parental self-efficacy and occupational performance in children with autism?

Alyssa Barnett, OTS Yellow 2021

What is the role of hippotherapy in children with motor deficits?

Morgan Berning, OTS Yellow 2021

In children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), how do visual supports impact their independence and behavior with daily occupations?

Danielle Block, OTS Yellow 2021

In youth with or at risk of serious mental illness (SMI), which interventions are effective in increasing occupational participation?

Jennifer Bradley, OTS Yellow 2021

In Premature infants, is occupational therapy based early intervention effective to prevent developmental delay?

Sydni Brooke Burton, OTS Yellow 2021

What is the effect of complementary alternative methods on improving self-esteem compared with traditional occupational therapy for Children & Youth with ADHD in the classroom setting?

Madilyn Hayes, OTS Yellow 2021

Does the use of constraint-induced movement therapy improve motor function in young children with cerebral palsy?

Jessica Klefot, OTS Yellow 2021

Does gaming technology increase functional outcomes in patients who have had a stroke?

Breanna McDougall, OTS Yellow 2021

In children admitted to an inpatient setting, which occupational therapy interventions are effective to maximize childhood occupation participation?

Emily Mullins, OTS Yellow 2021

In children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), are occupational therapy play-based interventions effective to improve socialization?

Emily Payne, OTS Yellow 2021

In children with visual perceptual deficits, what are the current most effective treatment strategies to improve performance in age-appropriate occupation?

Nicholas Payne, OTS Yellow 2021

In children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), is Ayres Sensory Integration intervention effective to improve school participation?

Sarah Schueler, OTS Yellow 2021

Which evidence-based interventions for children with dyspraxia result in improved learning and coordination?”

Brittany Trombley, OTS Yellow 2021

Do play-based interventions improve social skills in school-aged children with disabilities?

Sydney Weaver, OTS Yellow 2021

Mental Health

In school-aged children who have suffered trauma, what interventions are most effective in regulating emotions?

Kasey Brent, OTS Blue 2020

For adults experiencing anxiety, are music-related interventions more effective than traditional treatment interventions for decreasing anxiety-related symptoms?

Kimberly Fanning, OTS Blue 2020

Among adolescent females with anxiety and or depression, is yoga an effective complementary treatment to increase occupational performance?

Alexandria Henson, OTS Blue 2020

For individuals recovering from substance abuse, are cognitive treatments or 12 step programs more effective for achieving sobriety long term?

Amanda Nelson, OTS Blue 2020

In individuals with mental illnesses, what are the effects of sensory interventions compared to psychosocial interventions in improving occupational performance?

Alnee Tutson, OTS Yellow 2021

In individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia/ schizoaffective disorder, what are the effects of mindfulness-based interventions compared to traditional cognitive-based therapies on symptom reduction and hospital re-admittance rates?

Amy Walden, OTS Yellow 2021

For adults with traumatic brain injury, what cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions are most effective to improve psychosocial, behavioral, or emotional impairments to improve occupational performance?

Margaret Olson, OTS Yellow 2021

Productive Aging

How can OTs improve quality of life by providing quality care for individuals near the end of life?

Alison Davis, OTS Blue 2020

What are the most effective home modifications to improve the quality of life in older adults with dementia?

Katherine Hollkamp, OTS Blue 2020

How does cognitive rehabilitation enhance the quality of life in older adults diagnosed with dementia?

Ashley Simons, OTS Yellow 2021

What assistive technology is most effective to support overall health and wellness in older adults with cognitive deficits?

Tess Talent, OTS Yellow 2021

What are the most effective occupational interventions for improving the quality of life in older adults living with chronic conditions?

Miranda Wray, OTS Yellow 2021

Rehabilitation and Disability

Does Vagus nerve stimulation produce stronger functional outcomes when compared to traditional rehab techniques in patients who experience ischemic stroke?

Jenna Atwood, OTS Blue 2020

Within the adult and adolescent populations with IDD, does increased physical activity or diet restrictions more effectively result in weight loss to prevent secondary conditions related to poor cardiovascular health and improve health and wellbeing?

Nick Barbieri, OTS Blue 2020

In patients presenting with chronic pain, what is the effectiveness of graded motor imagery versus other conventional interventions in improving clinical outcomes?

Grace Cape, OTS Blue 2020

Is driving simulation training effective in predicting safety outcomes in people with neurological conditions during an on-road driving performance?

Taylor Curlin, OTS Blue 2020

In adults with COPD, does occupational therapy intervention reduce the rate of COPD-related hospitalization?

Sarah Fisher, OTS Blue 2020

What are the effects of manual lymph drainage compared to physical exercise/ADL interventions on patients with lymphedema as a secondary complication to breast cancer?

Amy Gardner, OTS Blue 2020

What occupational therapy interventions produce the best outcomes for individuals with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Joe Hartledge, OTS Blue 2020

What are functional cognitive interventions that improve occupational performance for individuals following a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

Demi Jahn, OTS Blue 2020

In adults with rheumatoid arthritis, how effective are non-traditional interventions when compared to traditional interventions in decreasing pain and increasing function?

Logan Johnson, OTS Blue 2020

Do alternative methods improve quality of life in comparison to traditional treatment with clients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Kathryn Lanham, OTS Blue 2020

How effective are cognitive interventions in improving occupational performance in individuals with a TBI?

Courtney Nussbaumer, OTS Blue 2020

What effect does early OT intervention have on delirium during a stay in the intensive care unit?

Katie Perkins, OTS Blue 2020

For patients diagnosed with SCI, is electrical stimulation more effective than other evidence-based interventions for upper extremity rehabilitation?

Bryce Vandevender, OTS Blue 2020

What OT interventions are most effective for improving ADL performance in persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease?

Morgan Watts, OTS Blue 2020

In adult clients with severe traumatic brain injury, what occupational therapy intervention is most effective to improve executive function in order to promote occupational performance?

Allison Banks, OTS Yellow 2021

What is the evidence for the effectiveness of aquatic therapy on motor function for safe ADL performance in individuals post-stroke?

Mary Cecil, OTS Yellow 2021

Following severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), what instrumental activities of daily living (IADL’s) interventions focused on community integration are most effective?

Margaret Conway, OTS Yellow 2021

What is the role of service animals in improving occupational performance in veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Alexis Cook, OTS Yellow 2021

For individuals recovering from stroke, does action observation therapy improve upper extremity functional performance in people with hemiparesis?

Raluca Darabant, OTS Yellow 2021

For adults with traumatic brain injury, does the use of virtual reality improve cognitive skills when compared to traditional therapy for increased safety when engaging in IADLs?

Cory Eibel, OTS Yellow 2021

What are the most effective interventions to increase occupational performance for adults experiencing complex regional pain syndrome in the upper extremities?

Haley Elison, OTS Yellow 2021

What are the most effective rehabilitation approaches to improve memory in adults with moderate traumatic brain injury?

Sara Fronk, OTS Yellow 2021

During acute phase of Stroke, is therapy with Hybrid Assisted Limb (HAL) more effective than early mobilization to improve functional independence for occupational performance?

Alison Goldsmith, OTS Yellow 2021

What is the clinical effectiveness of using virtual reality and video games to improve the occupational performance in adult, post-stroke patients?

Dominic Green, OTS Yellow 2021

In patients with SCI at a level C6 or higher, are air-cell-based (ACB) wheelchair cushions more effective in preventing pressure sores when compared to other types of prefabricated wheelchair cushions?

Jessica Hackle, OTS Yellow 2021

What interventions increase occupational performance for individuals with LE arthroplasty?

Nicholas King, OTS Yellow 2021

Which taping methods increase occupational performance in individuals with UE pathologies?

Kelsey Phillips, OTS Yellow 2021

In adults who have experienced a stroke, what is the effectiveness of task-oriented motor planning in improving occupational performance?

Brandon Pitts, OTS Yellow 2021

What are the most effective interventions to improve ADL performance in adults who have UE deficits post-stroke?

Austin Powers, OTS Yellow 2021

What are the functional outcomes and/or effectiveness of occupational therapy in older adults with total joint replacement?

Lucas Shutt, OTS Yellow 2021

In adult patients with cerebrovascular accident (CVA), how effective is complementary health approaches and integrative health in improving occupational performance?

Stacey Spalding, OTS Yellow 2021

In individuals with neurological pathologies, what interventions are most effective to improve occupational performance?

Kelsey Willinger. OTS Yellow 2021

Work and Industry

For active duty and retired military personnel with complaints of orthopedic pain, what is the most effective non-pharmacological pain management strategy for promoting enhanced participation in daily occupations and roles and preventing the risk of substance abuse?

Danielle O’ Brien, OTS Blue 2020