PTAG 2016: PLAY Committee Poster Presentation

(L-R Rachel Christie – Class of 2017, Nathalie Rosales-Class of 2017, Leah Hinson Mountain – Class of 2017)

On October 1, three members of the Purposeful Learning and Activities for Youth (PLAY) Committee – Rachel Christie, Nathalie Rosales, and Leah Hinson – presented a poster at the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) Insight Fall Meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The PLAY Committee’s mission is to design and implement purposeful activities, family-centered events, and education in the Greater Atlanta area with the purpose of promoting health and wellness for children with special needs and their families. Through this poster presentation, the PLAY committee demonstrated how student-led community-based events can be used to educate caregivers on the importance of intentional play for children with special needs as well as provide Doctor of Physical Therapy students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of pediatric communities.

Through various events coordinated by the PLAY Committee, Emory DPT students have the opportunity to collaborate to help underserved communities, while helping build confidence for their future practices through development of clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills. Based on student survey, DPT students demonstrated an improved ability to work with children and families as well as to facilitate pediatric activities in a controlled environment.

The PLAY committee hosted two events this fall: Trick or Treat Trot with Easter Seals of North Georgia (October 29) and the 4th Annual Fall Fit Fest with GiGi’s Playhouse (November 6).