Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2024

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Veronica Rowe, MS(R), PhD, OTR/L, CBIST, FNAP

Second Advisor

Madison Compton, OTR/L, CSRS


Occupational therapists can improve stroke survivors’ hand and arm movement and participation in daily activities through action observation (AO). AO involves watching another person’s hand or arm complete a movement or task. While research supports the use of AO with stroke survivors, there is a delay in applying the information from AO research studies to stroke rehabilitation. Also, limited AO videos are available to occupational therapists which makes applying AO challenging. The purpose of this capstone project was to increase awareness of AO and access to AO videos for stroke survivors, occupational therapists, and researchers. Collaboration with experts on AO and stroke rehabilitation was used to guide the development of over 400 AO videos that were uploaded to YouTube for stroke survivors at an outpatient clinic. Educational materials about AO were created and given to the occupational therapists and stroke survivors at the outpatient clinic. The AO videos were also delivered to researchers from Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology to be used in future research endeavors. The AO resources developed in this project will help increase the use of AO in stroke rehabilitation and be used by researchers to better understand the mechanisms of AO and create better guidelines for applying AO.

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