Dr. Milton’s clinical interests primarily focus on pediatrics, particularly children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurological conditions, in school-based and early intervention settings.
Dr. Milton’s previous scholarly activity focused on research related to children with ASD and the impact of ASD on family and caregivers. Her current scholarly activity related to educational research includes the scholarship of teaching and learning, such as increasing student engagement through various teaching methods, understanding the student experience and student assessment.
Dr. Milton is the coursemaster for Interventions Supporting Recovery and Participation of Individuals with Sensorimotor Challenges. She is co-coursemaster for the Fundamentals of Professional Communication and Practice Seminar I and II courses. Dr. Milton also provides course support for Neuroscience Principles of Performance and lectures related to pediatric assessment.
2008: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine,
Program in Occupational Therapy
2001: BS in occupational therapy, Saint Louis University
After earning a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Saint Louis University in 2001, Dr. Milton worked as an occupational therapist in an inpatient rehabilitation setting and in acute care in burn and intensive care units before transitioning to management in skilled nursing and long-term care settings. Her primary clinical focus is pediatrics with an emphasis on premature infants and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Milton’s primary practice contexts include early intervention, school-based, and pediatric outpatient settings. She worked with families with children with sensory processing problems, feeding and eating disorders, and atypical motor development, with the goal of increasing participation and performance within the child’s natural environments. From 2004 to 2015, she worked as a school-based OT, as well as in private practice as an early intervention (EI) specialist and EI evaluator in Illinois. During this time, Dr. Milton earned her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Milton transitioned to full-time academia as an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Maryville University in St. Louis in 2011. While there, she taught a variety of courses including neuroscience, management and administration, OT evaluation, foundations of occupational therapy, pediatric and adult occupational therapy interventions (sensorimotor and cognitive), and mentored student research projects. In 2016, she joined the faculty of the Program in Occupational Therapy as a Teaching Generalist where she is engaged in several educational research initiatives. As an instructor, she emphasizes student learning through hands-on experiences in real-world contexts, particularly through service and team-based learning.
Milton, L. E., Bantel, S., Calmer, K., Friedman, M., Haley, E., & Rubarts, L. (2019). Yoga and autism: Students’ perspectives on the Get Ready To Learn Yoga Program. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(4), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1560
Murphy-Hagan, A., & Milton, L. E. (2019). Qualitative Analysis of Peer Supervision Training Needs in a Student-Run Occupational Therapy Clinic. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3 (2).
Otty, R. & Milton, L. (in press). Collaborative structures in a graduate program. In J. Bernstein & B. Flinders (Eds.), New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Milton, L. & Lovett B. (2014). Sleep, occupation and sensory integration. In J. Hereford (Ed.), Sleep and Rehabilitation: A Guide for Health Professionals (pp. 265-277). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.
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