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Project Title

The Education of Refugees: How Occupational Therapy Can Highlight Occupational Injustices

Presenter Hometown

Eaton, Ohio

Major

Occupational Science

Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Dr. Geela Spira

Mentor Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Abstract

The experience of being a refugee or an immigrant can cause external stressors and internal pressures that have an effect on children when in the classroom. Regardless of age, country of origin, or current country, children may struggle at school academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. The impact of these challenging circumstances frequently results in significant educational obstacles for refugees and immigrants. It is also important to discuss these details while analyzing the experience of this demographic. The literature contains global research that displays educational challenges for students of all ages from a variety of backgrounds. This research is important because it highlights different aspects of educational experience as an immigrant and the difficulty of simultaneously processing trauma and making major life adjustments. This poster will assist in understanding the overall experience of being an immigrant and the impact that this has in the classroom. By reading this poster the viewer will be exposed to and consider how educational equality can be achieved for refugee or immigrant children. Having access to a sufficient and proper education is a right and to neglect this right results in occupational injustice.

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The Education of Refugees: How Occupational Therapy Can Highlight Occupational Injustices

The experience of being a refugee or an immigrant can cause external stressors and internal pressures that have an effect on children when in the classroom. Regardless of age, country of origin, or current country, children may struggle at school academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. The impact of these challenging circumstances frequently results in significant educational obstacles for refugees and immigrants. It is also important to discuss these details while analyzing the experience of this demographic. The literature contains global research that displays educational challenges for students of all ages from a variety of backgrounds. This research is important because it highlights different aspects of educational experience as an immigrant and the difficulty of simultaneously processing trauma and making major life adjustments. This poster will assist in understanding the overall experience of being an immigrant and the impact that this has in the classroom. By reading this poster the viewer will be exposed to and consider how educational equality can be achieved for refugee or immigrant children. Having access to a sufficient and proper education is a right and to neglect this right results in occupational injustice.