ERIC Number: EJ1089350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
An Exploration of the Use of Occupational Language in School-Based Occupational Therapy Documentation
Benson, Jeryl D.
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, v8 n3 p228-235 2015
The purpose of this study was to explore the use of occupation-based terminology in the documentation of school-based occupational therapists. A retrospective qualitative analysis of school-based documents using a priori codes was completed. Analysis included 33 Individual Educational Program (IEP) documents and 118 OT goals. Analyses showed that school-based practitioners are using occupation-based terminology to guide assessment, intervention processes, and goals 53.6% of the time. The findings suggest that occupational therapists are conforming to the educational environment and underutilizing the construct of occupation in school-based documentation.
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Language Usage, Documentation, Vocabulary, Jargon, Coding, Qualitative Research, Individualized Education Programs, Content Analysis, Educational Attainment, Daily Living Skills, Student Participation, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Disabilities, Equal Education
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