Presenter Information

Brooke PanfilFollow
Ainsley ReedFollow

Location

Schewel 208

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 9:30 AM

Department

Physical Therapy

Abstract

In January of 2016, the Lynchburg College Doctor of Physical Therapy program formed the first group of 10 students and 2 professors that traveled to the island of St. Lucia to provide much-needed physical therapy services to the children in special education schools. During the initial visit, several students had the opportunity to work with a 5-year-old boy named Mark who had just learned to stand and presented with behavioral issues and lacked fine-motor skills. After spending only a couple hours with Mark, the students came up with a plan and some recommendations for Mark’s teachers with hopes to improve Mark’s overall function. Since then, Mark has been visited twice more and the improvements Mark has made physically and behaviorally have been remarkable. Mark’s incredible story displays the impact physical therapy has on our children and the value service trips have on countries in need. His story has touched the lives of the students and faculty members involved and he is a reminder to us that we have the power to make a difference in people’s lives and can help to improve their quality of life.

Faculty Mentor

Lori Mize

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Apr 4th, 9:30 AM

LC DPT Service Trip to St. Lucia: Following the progress of a 7 y/o boy over 3 years from non-ambulatory to running with peers

Schewel 208

In January of 2016, the Lynchburg College Doctor of Physical Therapy program formed the first group of 10 students and 2 professors that traveled to the island of St. Lucia to provide much-needed physical therapy services to the children in special education schools. During the initial visit, several students had the opportunity to work with a 5-year-old boy named Mark who had just learned to stand and presented with behavioral issues and lacked fine-motor skills. After spending only a couple hours with Mark, the students came up with a plan and some recommendations for Mark’s teachers with hopes to improve Mark’s overall function. Since then, Mark has been visited twice more and the improvements Mark has made physically and behaviorally have been remarkable. Mark’s incredible story displays the impact physical therapy has on our children and the value service trips have on countries in need. His story has touched the lives of the students and faculty members involved and he is a reminder to us that we have the power to make a difference in people’s lives and can help to improve their quality of life.