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EKU student awarded a KOTA Student Spotlight Award 2020- Eastern District

Christina Ferrell was awarded the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association’s 2020 Student Spotlight Award (Eastern District). Christina is a current student in the MS in OT program at EKU. She is a mother to 6 children, 2 of whom are adopted through Kentucky’s foster care system. She is a member of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society for OT students. She also serves as the student representative to the Department Faculty meeting. Christina presented a poster at the College of Health Sciences Scholar’s Day titled “Use of Sensory Inputs and Bedtime Routine to Improve Sleep in a 5 Year Old Child with Prenatal Drug Exposure.” Christina is a volunteer for Central KY Riding for Hope, including side-walking and leading horses during hippotherapy sessions. During the current COVID-19 era, she is maintaining her studies while helping her children do NTI schooling at home. She reports using her OT skills for managing their medical and educational needs, while attending to their mental health. She has even built a sensory gym in her backyard to encourage her children to be active and “healthy at home.” Christina is interested in researching effects of trauma on the brain and childhood development. She is passionate about educating her peers, the school system, and the foster care and adoption community about the effects of trauma and sensory processing dysfunction in these populations. She has begun developing a module for training and education purposes about trauma and the ways in which OT can be part of the treatment of children with a trauma background.

Published on June 01, 2020

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