Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


Background: This project addressed providing parents with education on tummy time in the acute care setting. This is based on a gap in the literature on occupational therapy (OT) services in the acute care setting.

Purpose: The purpose of this research project was to conduct a pilot study to examine the benefit of educating parents of infants in the acute care setting on providing tummy time as a developmental education measure.

Theoretical Framework: The occupational therapy practice theory, of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) supports the holistic supporting of families, in their role as a parent, to meet the needs of both the infant and the family.

Methods: This project used a pre-survey to address parents current knowledge of tummy time and how often they were using tummy time at home. They were provided with a five-minute education session and handout about tummy time. The families completed a post-survey to see if the education session was impactful for their tummy time sessions with their infants at home.

Results: The results show a positive interval increase in the amount of tummy time from the pre- survey to the post-survey, but does not demonstrate a statistically significant change.

Conclusions: This was a pilot study that investigated how educating parents in this setting, could facilitate the parents adopting these strategies at home. Despite the small sample size, the initial results showed that the education session could positively impact the total amount of tummy time that the infants were receiving and the developmental changes reported by parents at home. Future work should focus on recruiting additional participants to increase the sample size.

Faculty Mentor

Colleen M. Schneck

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

MaryEllen Thompson

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)

Eastern Kentucky University Application: ID #2302; University of Kentucky: IRB #48465