Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2023

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Shana Cerny


early intervention, Nurture Group©, parent education, attachment, postpartum, occupational therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


Early intervention programs provide unique opportunities for children to develop cognitive, socioemotional, behavioral, and executive functioning skills which are necessary for success in the school environment. The purpose of this 14-week capstone experience was to integrate trauma-informed occupational therapy principles into an early childhood family education course and to advocate for the role of occupational therapy in postpartum and postnatal wellness. Methods included facilitating play-based interactions between caregivers and children, preparing and presenting educational materials, completing an annotated bibliography, and developing a freely accessible webpage with information about fourth trimester support. The outcomes of this project demonstrate that implementation of TBRI® Nurture Group© activities to an early childhood education program is an effective strategy to promote social-emotional development of children ages 2-5 years. The value of occupational therapy in health promotion for mothers and infants during the fourth trimester is also highlighted.



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