University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Hosts Valentine’s Day Themed Learning Lab for Graduate Occupational Therapy Students
In this experimental learning lab, students learned how to create a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for themselves and two couples, without the use of their fingers/hands to understand the challenges of a patient whom has experienced a hand trauma.
Anaheim, CA – February 14, 2016 – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, students from University of St. Augustine Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative classroom education, participated in a hands-on lab learning session where they learned how to make a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. The twist is that the students used a role-play scenario to understand that challenges that a patient whom has experienced a hand trauma face when doing everyday tasks. During the lab, some students took on the role of the occupational therapist, while the other students took on the role of a young man or woman who does not have the use of their hands and/or fingers. The role play assumes that the students are a patient who may have experienced a traumatic burn injury or may have lost the use of their hands from another form of trauma, such as a car accident, infection, military wound or others.
The concept of these types of learning labs, led by USAHS faculty member Dr. Terri Roberts, is for students to use multiple approaches in treatment – psychosocial, biomechanical, adaptation, and motivational – to help in the recovery from a trauma to enable patients to return to activities that are meaningful to the client.
“The approach is unique in that it is not simply an exercise approach, scar management and wound care (biomechanical approach), said Dr. Terri Roberts, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, core faculty member in the USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy program. “Through experimental learning, the students learn how it feels to attempt a cooking activity without the use of fingers/hands using only their fists and to understand, through role play, the necessary adaption and challenges their client/patient may need to employ in everyday activities. It’s not until students actually attempt these activities as the patient that they get a true understanding of all the necessary adaptations.”
These hands-on labs provide a foundation for USAHS Occupational Therapy students to graduate with skills in teaching environmental strategies and adapting tasks for the right challenge, which helps to motivate the patient through patient-centered activities.
During the special Valentine’s Day themed lab, students in the roles created, through the help of their Occupational Therapist, chocolate covered strawberries and flower arrangements. In addition, the students learned how to get dressed up and put on jewelry for a date night, without the use of fingers and/or hands.
The San Diego and San Marcos community has a large number of military members, this is especially timely and relevant for the local community.
What makes Occupational Therapy unique is that they employ various frames of reference when developing treatment plans but mostly those treatment plans are occupation based, whether it’s dancing, completing yoga class, swimming and/or adapting a cooking task.
About University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative quality classroom and distance education. Founded in 1979, USA has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas. USA offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. For more information, visit www.usa.edu. USA is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 80 institutions in 28 countries and one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences. For more information, visit www.laureate.net.