Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Doris A. Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Cindee Q. Peterson

Third Advisor

Dr. Molly Vass

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The standing time of recent (within four weeks) cerebral vascular accident subjects while engaged in an upper extremity activity (tile trivet) was compared to the same subjects standing time while not engaged in an upper extremity activity. The subjects from a rehabilitation center ranged in age from 30 to 85 years. For each subject three sessions were randomly recorded for each condition. Lights were connected to the knee and buttock pad so that, if activated, they alerted the data collector that the subject was leaning.

The findings from this study indicated that subjects stood longer while engaged in upper extremity activity than while no engaged in upper extremity activity. However, the data were not statistically significant. The number of prompts (subject leans for more than 5 seconds) decreased each time standing without an upper extremity activity was done.