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This occupation-based program aims to help maintain and increase social participation for individuals with unilateral or bilateral lower extremity amputations. It was developed with an occupational therapy (OT) lens targeting adults with a lower limb amputation with a population of various ages (18-70), genders, and causes of injury to develop an occupation-based program with an OT focus. Individuals living with amputation often experience hardship when developing crucial ADL/IADL skills that can be vital for social participation regardless of age or cause of injury. This program focuses on developing social participation skills lost due to decreased functional mobility and skills caused by amputation and looks at the improvements made through occupational therapy interventions. It provides activity adaptation, prosthesis education, and mental health promotion. The program outcomes involve a needs assessment, the development of a program manual, the program implementation, and a data analysis. The significance is to educate and train amputees on daily life skills, prosthetic use, social techniques, pain strategies, and exercise training. In summary, this amputee program aims to bridge the literature gap in understanding an amputee’s challenges through developing an OT-focused program to enhance their social participation, ultimately improving their quality of life.

Publication Date

Spring 4-17-2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Social participation, Amputees, Occupational therapy, Amputation, Quality of Life, Pain Management, Prostheses, Needs assessment, Exercise

Medical Subject Headings

Amputees, Occupational therapy, Exercise therapy


Occupational Therapy | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

The Social Participation Development for Individuals with Unilateral and Bilateral Lower Extremity Amputation