The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Mercy Hospital is a hard place to be for anyone. For members of the Old Order Amish community, who prefer to live simpler lives separate from the trappings and technology of today’s world, the experience can be overwhelming.
When someone is in the hospital it can be an overwhelming experience: there are many professionals in and out of the room giving different pieces of advice focused on their own area of expertise.
Since working within a team is a real-world skill that students need to be prepared to apply, three departments within the College of Health and Human Services are putting their students to the test.
The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) has considered the candidacy application from the occupational therapy program at Missouri State University and voted to grant candidacy status to the program.
It is with extreme excitement that we announce that Dr. Sapna Chakraborty, OTD, OTR/L has been named Program Director of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Chakraborty comes to MSU from MU and has extensive experience in pediatric practice, including autism and outpatient rehabilitation. She also has clinical experience with inpatient rehabilitation and acute care populations.
Dr. Chakraborty enjoys reading, gardening, meditation, traveling, and spending time with family walking on the nature trails around Springfield. She also enjoys volunteering her time at Convoy of Hope and Newborns in Need.
She has two daughters, one of whom is a freshman at MSU, as well as a five-month old grandson.
We are currently looking for a Program Director to lead, direct, and shape the new Master of Occupational Therapy program here at Missouri State University. Please review the link which describes the position and provides an opportunity to apply for the position.
We had a great time meeting with the Pre-OT Club at MSU Tuesday night! What a great group of talented and inspiring future OT students. We enjoyed sharing the importance of occupation across the lifespan with you. Good luck with the rest of the Spring semester!
Ashlea, Tara, and Traci
Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in things they need and want to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, also known as occupations. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Check out this video that provides a great overview of how OT services can make a difference!