Journal Article Transformative learning experience for physical therapy students through a community health promotion project for mothers of hearing-challenged children

Yokogawa, Masami  ,  Notoya, Masako  ,  Madokoro, Sachiko

29 ( 4 )  , pp.576 - 580 , 2017-01-01 , Society of Physical Therapy Science = 理学療法科学学会
[Purpose] The purpose of this project was to expose physical therapy students to transformative learning through a community health promotion project for mothers of hearing-challenged children. [Subjects and Methods] The participants were three mothers with their respective hearing-challenged child and twenty physical therapy students. The project consisted of seven sessions supervised throughout by a physical therapy instructor. The students participated in seven sessions, while the mothers were required to attend only two sessions of a health checkup and exercise program. [Results] Through the interaction between the mothers and students, the former felt physically and mentally refreshed, and the latter experienced transformative learning. The mother’s physical status showed that all parameters for health variables were within normal range. However, it was found that mothers had little time for their personal mental or physical well-being because their focus was on planning and executing daily assignments for development of the child’s verbal skills. [Conclusion] This project contributed to the students’ learning experience and provided them with tools for possible future interest and involvement in community activity. The exercise session appeared to stimulate in the mothers an awareness and importance of their own personal and mental well-being.

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