The goal of this capstone project was to create resources promoting elopement prevention and provide suggestions for anti-elopement equipment visits at the Vanderbilt Pediatric Seating & Mobility Clinic. Research indicates that 50% of families have never received guidance about elopement prevention from a healthcare professional. The tools created during this capstone project were meant to improve equipment visits, educate caregivers, and empower future occupational therapy practitioners. The goals were achieved through collaboration with stakeholders, completing a review of the literature, attending a child passenger safety technician course, and developing resources. The result was a social story and sensory toolbox for clinic visits, informational handouts for caregivers, a “smart phrase document” for letters of medical necessity, and a recorded PowerPoint presentation for occupational therapy practitioners.
Dr. Teresa Plummer, PhD, OTR/L, CAPS, CEAS, ATP
Occupational Therapy, School of
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
elopement; wandering; autism; safety; participation; adaptive equipment
Duckworth, Sarah C., "Elopement Prevention: Promoting Safety and Supporting Participation" (2023). OTD Capstone Projects. 153.