Location

Schewel 208

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 10:00 AM

Department

Physical Therapy

Abstract

Social responsibility and service are key initiatives within the physical therapy profession and within the Lynchburg College Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Service-learning opportunities are offered in the DPT program within the country of St. Lucia on a yearly basis. The primary focus of this presentation is to evaluate the impact of this type of experiential learning on both students and the local community. During the 2018 service trip, the Minister of Special Education of St. Lucia provided special insight to our contribution to the special education schools in St. Lucia, which indicates the trip provides beneficial and sustaining services to an underserved population. On our most recent trip, we utilized our skills and learned new techniques for fitting adaptive equipment, using communication boards, and utilizing available equipment to treat our patients. In addition, we educated the teachers in the special needs schools on topics such as positioning of students and exercises that improved their learning environment. Our presentation will summarize the benefits of implementing physical therapy services in a second world country and we will discuss the benefits of applying our classroom curriculum to the special education patient population.

Faculty Mentor

Lori Mize PT, DPT, WCS; Terry Leahy PT, PhD, NCSE

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Apr 4th, 10:00 AM

Physical Therapy Service-learning in a Second World Country: What are the Benefits?

Schewel 208

Social responsibility and service are key initiatives within the physical therapy profession and within the Lynchburg College Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Service-learning opportunities are offered in the DPT program within the country of St. Lucia on a yearly basis. The primary focus of this presentation is to evaluate the impact of this type of experiential learning on both students and the local community. During the 2018 service trip, the Minister of Special Education of St. Lucia provided special insight to our contribution to the special education schools in St. Lucia, which indicates the trip provides beneficial and sustaining services to an underserved population. On our most recent trip, we utilized our skills and learned new techniques for fitting adaptive equipment, using communication boards, and utilizing available equipment to treat our patients. In addition, we educated the teachers in the special needs schools on topics such as positioning of students and exercises that improved their learning environment. Our presentation will summarize the benefits of implementing physical therapy services in a second world country and we will discuss the benefits of applying our classroom curriculum to the special education patient population.