Occupational Therapy Students Lead Effort to Serve Ft. Bliss Families
Occupational Therapy students in the Pi Theta Epsilon student organization held an educational seminar in early April for Ft. Bliss military families participating in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide housing, community support, and personnel services to families with special needs.
MOT student and Ft. Bliss EFMP volunteer Bailey Rainey recognized a need for an educational seminar regarding sensory processing disorder for the families. After discussion with Ft. Bliss EFMP personnel, the students organized an entire afternoon of activities, including a lecture for parents given by MOT faculty member Stephanie Capshaw, OTD/OTR, explaining what sensory processing disorder is and how it could be affecting their children. Students manned educational stations designed to educate parents on each of the seven senses. Each station presented current research and a more detailed understanding of what sensory dysfunction may look like in various types of children. The stations included hands-on components to help parents gain a better understanding of how their child perceives the world around them. Pi Theta Epsilon students and faculty advisor, Dr. Cecilia Fierro, wrote a successful $500 grant (funded by Ft. Bliss Spouses Association) for the event.