MaryClaire Attisano

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Background: Children and adolescents with trauma or Prader-Willi Syndrome lack leisure-based activities within programming supporting development. Sustaining engagement in leisure-based activities enhances mental health. Implementation of leisure activities will consistently enhance the personal growth and psychological well-being of both populations. Methods: Latham’s facility will implement leisure activities with self-report measures. Scales include the (WHO-5) Well-being Scale, The Zones of Regulation Scale, and four qualitative follow-up questions. Aim: The intention of the implementation of leisure-based activities within Latham Centers is to provide improvements in mental well-being. The need for leisure activities is increasingly evident for children and adolescents with trauma or Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) especially following the mental health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation of leisure activities will foster engagement, facilitate learning experiences, promote personal growth, and work to enhance psychological well-being. Design: The facilitator will use the mixed methods approach to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative data. Method: The facilitator will collect all data outcomes and evaluate them through the following scales including the World Health Organization (WHO-5) Well-being Scale and The Zones of Regulation scale. The quantitative data will be collected by a series of follow-up questions following the leisure activity sessions. Limitations: The potential barriers to the implementation of leisure activities within Latham’s facility includes programming within a set timeframe and limited activity selection due to the safety protocols of the COVID-19 pandemic. Impact: Increased mental well-being of both populations suggests promising future results and can have implications for other residential or non-residential facilities housing similar populations. This project can assist future occupational therapy practitioners in maximizing health, well-being, and quality of life for children and adolescents with PWS, trauma, or similar diagnoses to support their overall human development and function.

Faculty Mentor

Shannon Strate OTD, OTR/L

Academic Discipline

OTD - Occupational Therapy Doctorate



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