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The Center for Disease and Control (2022) have implemented guidelines for over a decade suggesting a recommended amount of daily physical activity, however a high proportion of children and adolescents in the United States are physically inactive (Mitchell, 2019). Encouraging lots of movement and play can help build a strong foundation in which children understand that being physically active can and should be a healthy habit throughout their lives. Incorporating use of sensory-based occupational therapy can provide a fun and enjoyable approach to functional fitness and promote movement and play, especially for youth who may have special sensory needs. Therefore, the purpose of this capstone was to explore use of sensory-based approaches to functional fitness.

Publication Date

Fall 12-14-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Sensory Integration, Functional Fitness, Youth, Movement, play

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Exercise, Sensory Feedback, Child, Adolescent


Medicine and Health Sciences | Occupational Therapy | Pediatrics


Poster presented at the Fall 2022 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online December 7-9, 2022.

Train to Move: A Sensory Approach to Functional Fitness to Promote Movement and Play in Youth



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