Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Lavonne Fox


Child; Caregivers -- education; Phantom Limb -- psychology; Phantom Limb -- therapy


Approximately 80% of children, under the age of 18, develop phantom limb pain within one year after receiving an amputation (Burgoyne, Billups, Jiron, Kaddoum, Wright, Bikhazi, Parish, & Pereiras, 2012; Krane & Heller, 1995). Research on treating phantom limb pain has been focused on the adult population and often includes the use of pharmacological interventions (Subedi & Grossberg, 2011). Because phantom limb pain can cause psychological and physical dysfunction, it can negatively impact a child's ability to engage in everyday life. Currently, no holistic treatment guides are available for caregivers to refer to when helping their child manage his or her phantom limb pain. The P.L.P. (Play Learn Persevere) is a resource guide created for occupational therapists to give to caregivers of children with phantom limb pain. This product is intended to be introduced by occupational therapists working in acute care settings with children who have undergone a unilateral amputation. The P.L.P. is designed to help caregivers manage their child's phantom limb pain by using the physical and psychosocial activities provided in the resource guide.