Milligan OT Expo a showcase of innovative ideas

In a previous OT Expo, Molly Wilson designed “The Comfy Cheeseburger” for children who have sensory needs. Her project was donated to Duke University’s Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (April 20, 2015) — Milligan College’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program (MSOT) will host its 10th annual Occupational Therapy Expo on Wednesday, April 22, from 3-7 p.m. in Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. It is free and open to the public.

The expo will give the community a chance to see creations of new or improved adaptive equipment, assessments, promotional materials, books, games, activities, DVDs and training materials made by second-year occupational therapy students. Continuing education credit is available for licensed occupational therapists who attend the expo.

“Year after year, the OT Expo appeals to a broad audience―from parents of young children to caregivers of adults,” said Dr. Jil Smith, associate professor of occupational therapy. “It prepares Milligan’s soon-to-be occupational therapists to be creative and resourceful in designing interventions and equipment to assist their future patients in any therapy setting.”

This year, 31 students will exhibit individualized products that represent occupational therapy, as well as their own practice interests and knowledge. At the conclusion of the expo, the OT students donate their projects to various agencies and patients.

“The products on display are designed to be more cost effective and make life easier for those with disabilities,” said Courtney Winters, an MSOT student from Elizabethton, who will have a product on display at the expo.

Occupational therapists work with all ages in a variety of settings. They develop interventions that address individual struggles with physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory concerns. The expo will provide more information about the services occupational therapists provide to individuals and the community.

For additional information about Milligan’s MSOT program, call 423.975.8010 or email MSOT@Milligan.edu.

To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.


MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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