Technology Integration and Participation

Dr. Hawkins-Chernof mentors students interested in Technology Integration and Participation. Her projects include interdisciplinary, service learning experiences where occupational therapy students work with community partners to design technology-based community programs, adapt mainstream technology, and create and donate custom low- and high-tech assistive technology (AT) tools for clients in need. In addition, students interested in school-based practice or in higher education have the opportunity to assist in exploring the effectiveness of technology-based strategies for assessment, interventions and for facilitating learning experiences. Students should consider working with Dr. Hawkins-Chernof if they are interested in making a difference in the lives of children and young adults through technology, gaming and makerspaces.

General Description of Student Activities

Depending on the status of the project, students will participate in literature reviews, program development, data collection and data analysis. Students need to have the willingness to learn all types of technology, including use of standard workshop and home maintenance tools, adaptive devices, apps and software for tablets, computer adaptations and video game consoles.

Examples of Projects

  • WUOT Inclusive Gaming Partners: Program development and effectiveness of an inclusive video game club for children with and without disabilities to promote social and leisure participation
  • WUOT GoBabyGo: Program development and effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary and multi-site program to create accessible ride-on vehicles for young children
  • Write to Hand: Creation of a valid and reliable tablet-based handwriting assessment
  • iPads for Occupational Therapy Students: The impact of integration of iPads on classroom engagement and learning outcomes in occupational therapy education
  • AT Maker Day: Lesson design, implementation and exploration of the impact of hands-on, service learning activities in a makerspace environment for occupational therapy students
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