Master of Occupational Therapy program students presented their collected research Oct. 24.
On Friday, Oct. 24, students in the Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program at Shawnee State presented their collected research in a poster forum at the Ohio Occupational Therapy State Conference.
The conference, hosted at Great Wolfe Lodge Convention Center near Cincinnati, OH, allowed students and professionals to network and exchange ideas with an overall goal of strengthening the field. In total, approximately 330 guests attended.
Before presenting their research, the students underwent a competition peer review process to determine if their study was complete and worthy of the convention. In this manner, they ensured that all research presented would be of a high quality capable of improving Occupational Therapy in its entirety.
The first group of students, composed of Steven Stewart, Amber Ruggles and Alyssa Weaver presented their study that compared the grasp patterns of children who have intellectual disabilities, including those with Down syndrome.
The research of former students of SSU's M.O.T. program, Samantha Bova, Andre Druso, Erica Hickox and Blair Taylor, was displayed in a second poster by the research advisor and co-author, Professor Jim McPherson. Their study examined the development of grasp in five- to nine-month-old infants.
Other research presented at the conference included submissions from the National Child Rehabilitation Center in Washington D.C., University of Southern California, University of Toledo and Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.
Both presentations received positive reviews from guests. Next year, SSU plans to send more M.O.T. students to the convention.