Research Article  |   July 2016
Occupational Therapy Wellness Program: Youth and Parent Perspectives
Author Affiliations
  • Julie Kugel, OTD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA; jkugel@llu.edu
  • Crystal Hemberger, MOT, OTR/L, is Doctoral Student, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Dragana Krpalek, PhD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Special Issue: Research Articles
Research Article   |   July 2016
Occupational Therapy Wellness Program: Youth and Parent Perspectives
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2016, Vol. 70, 7005180010p1-7005180010p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.021642
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2016, Vol. 70, 7005180010p1-7005180010p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.021642
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. In this study, we explored the impact of an occupational therapy wellness program on daily habits and routines through the perspectives of youth and their parents.

METHOD. Data were collected through semistructured interviews with children and their parents, the Pizzi Healthy Weight Management Assessment©, and program activities.

RESULTS. Three themes emerged from the interviews: Program Impact, Lessons Learned, and Time as a Barrier to Health. The most common areas that both youth and parents wanted to change were time spent watching television and play, fun, and leisure time. Analysis of activity pie charts indicated that the youth considerably increased active time in their daily routines from Week 1 to Week 6 of the program.

CONCLUSION. An occupational therapy program focused on health and wellness may help youth and their parents be more mindful of their daily activities and make health behavior changes.