Physical therapy students use art to humanize patients

January 9, 2024 • SHP News

Pt First Year Class ScaledNatasha Blizzard had never spoken to her father in-depth about his post-traumatic stress disorder. The first-year physical therapy student at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s School of Health Professions said her father’s 27 years of military service, including several combat tours, changed aspects of his personality.

“He felt so isolated,” Blizzard said. “He no longer wanted to go out and be social or do some of the same things he would do before. He just had feelings of anger.”

The Belton, Texas native first broached the subject with her father after she was assigned an art project in her culture and psychosocial issues in physical therapy course. All first-year PT students were asked to interview a person with a disability and create a piece that represents the subject’s journey. Students could choose any medium.

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