Join us for the March HDRG Meeting

The next Health Disparities Research Group meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2018, at 1:00 pm in room 222A of the Biomedical Library. The featured presenters, Dr. Jeremy Fletcher and students from the Department of Physical Therapy, will share about a service learning experience with a local program serving children with Autism and other related disorders. The details include:

Title: Dancing Without Limits: Service Learning with a Twist (And shout!)

DescriptionChildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders are less physically active than their age-matched peers and remain at elevated risk for obesity. The vision of the profession of Physical Therapy is to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. These two relevant facts converge in a dynamic first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student service learning experience aimed to 1) actively engage first-year physical therapy students in the vision of the profession and 2) reflect on their ability to overcome barriers to communication. A cohort of 40 students enrolled in PT 680, Professional Issues in PT Practice, were assigned a 2-hour block of time to serve as a volunteer dance partner to a child with Autism and other related disorders. Dance without Limits, a Mobile area dance program developed to meet the unique physical challenges of children with Autism and other related disorders provided the dancing partners.

The purpose of this presentation is to describe the service-learning experience, share student experiences, and create a platform to discuss the integration of CBPR principles to move toward the vision of the profession of Physical Therapy.

Student Presenters: Molly Harris, Emily Harper, Sarah Johnson, and Tyler Roley