MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (April 6, 2018) — Milligan College’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program will showcase 32 original student projects at its annual OT Expo on Wednesday, April 18, from 3-7 p.m. in Milligan’s Gregory Center. This year’s expo is themed “OT Stories” and is free and open to the public.
“We want to show how occupational therapists step into a client’s story, fulfill dreams and enable a life well-lived in meaningful ways,” said Faith Cambron, an OT student from Jonesborough, Tennessee. “Our students have worked personally with individuals and programs to create activities and interventions that benefit clients holistically through body, mind and spirit. Through the OT Expo, we want to give the community a chance to see the impact that the OT profession can have on others, infusing hope and life into our clients’ stories.
Among the OT students featured in the showcase are:
Jessi Statzer, Johnson City, Tennessee, has been completing her Expo project at the Johnson City Senior Citizen Center, engaging members in making plarn (plastic yarn) bed mats to benefit the homeless community.
“This project gets plastic bags out of our environment, brings people together in a social circle and gives homeless individuals a softer and dryer surface to lay,” said Statzer, about how her project impacts the community.
Katherine Burns, Knoxville, Tennessee, created a project titled “Weather Wizards” in which she developed an educational series of activities to help kids learns about weather and planning for the day ahead. Her project benefits special education students in kindergarten through second grade at Harold McCormick Elementary in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
Similarly, Lindsey Keys, Johnson City, developed a project that benefits a Towne Acres Elementary classroom. Utilizing weighted sensory lap pads, Keys worked with three autistic students to implement seating options that could help improve the students’ attention and behavior.