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This capstone project, The Participation and Exploration of Play for Children in Foster Care, was completed by a Doctor of Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Project objectives develop an understanding of the occupational therapy involvement in foster care and how to improve current advocacy and educational efforts related to play. A literature review of play participation, engagement, and exploration was conducted in conjunction with analysis of environmental barriers, generalized background information on children in foster care, and the role of occupational therapy for children in foster care. Play is essential for the pediatric population, regardless of the barriers presented by environment, trauma, and lack of opportunities that foster care may pose. The occupational therapy advocacy and educational efforts for the foster care population are relatively limited with consideration to play, therefore by identifying areas to improve these efforts internally (within the site) and externally (highlighted with other stakeholders), the opportunity to raise awareness and provide an occupational therapy perspective is enhanced. The analysis from this project provide further implications related to the role of occupational therapy for children in foster care, specifically related to play, and how to utilize advocacy and educational opportunities to enhance play participation and exploration.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Advocacy, Education, Environment, Foster Care, Opportunities, Pediatrics, Play, Program Enhancement
Medical Subject Headings
Foster Home Care, Home Environment, Education, Patient Advocacy, Play and Playthings, Occupational Therapy, Child
Occupational Therapy | Social Work
Relph, I. J., & Orozco Arteaga, J. (2023, May 8). The Participation and Exploration of Play for Children in Foster Care. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesspring2023/2