Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Capstone (Entry-Level OTD)

Abstract

Evidence shows that children impacted by trauma have unique sensory challenges. Sensory processing issues put children in this population at high risk for developmental delays, increased negative behaviors, and functional challenges. Unfortunately, many individuals who work and interact with these children lack knowledge of how to adequately address sensory processing issues and meet sensory needs. This prevents children from fully engaging in the meaningful occupations of childhood. The internship experiences of one occupational therapy student reveal that occupational therapists can help facilitate occupational performance by assisting organizations, professionals, and parents in meeting the sensory needs of children with trauma history.

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