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Wilburn, Victoria G.; Wasmuth, Sally; Fehr, Callie; Brokamp, Kristen; Shupe, Mallory; Hursey, Brianna; Ross, Katie; Nelson, Jessica – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
Numerous studies have illustrated that participation in occupations--defined as meaningful life activities--is essential to wellness (AOTA, 2014). Social interaction is an important area of occupational participation for children in their roles as students (AOTA, 2014). Classroom design can impact student social participation; however, there is a…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Interaction, Grade 3, Furniture
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Murphy, Caitlin; Brown, Ted; Stagnitti, Karen – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
Participation is a multidimensional concept that has evolved from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as one's engagement in life. This study investigated the impact that personal and environmental factors have on typically developing children's activity participation (n = 18). Children and parents/caregivers…
Descriptors: Participation, Children, Activities, Leisure Time
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Bergstrom, Veronica N. Z.; O'Brien-Langer, Anna; Marsh, Rebeccah – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
How are mental health practitioners using Snoezelen rooms with children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) within a community mental health setting? Using purposive sampling, we collected information from seven practitioners on how they currently use Snoezelen rooms to support children with FASD and what evidence they believe is needed to…
Descriptors: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Sensory Experience, Perceptual Development, Self Control
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Beyer, Olivia; Butler, Sabrina; Murphy, Bradley; Olig, Matthew; Skinner, Schye; Szczech Moser, Christy – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
Occupational therapists are continuously challenged to keep up with current concepts, theories, and research related to their specific area of practice. This review will highlight research related to the concepts of sensory integration and sensory processing as well as helpful websites, books and apps, in an attempt to facilitate a better…
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Sensory Experience, Resources
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Clough, Cynthia – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the context of service delivery decision-making in school-based occupational therapy practice. Participants included 14 occupational therapists. The primary source of data came from semi-structured, open-ended interviews. Open inductive coding was used for in-vivo data analysis. Themes in the…
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Delivery Systems, Decision Making
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Angell, Amber M.; Carroll, Theresa Carlson; Bagatell, Nancy; Chen, Cheryl; Kramer, Jessica M.; Schwartz, Ariel; Tallon, Mary Betsey; Hammel, Joy – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
School-based occupational therapists are well-equipped to prepare adolescents to transition from the education system to work and live in their communities, but they report challenges in securing their place on post-secondary transition planning teams. We argue that occupational therapists' efforts to advocate for their role in post-secondary…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Occupational Therapy, Individualized Transition Plans, Allied Health Personnel
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Laverdure, Patricia; McCann, Melissa; McLoone, Hannah; Moore, Laura; Reed, Leah – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
Comprehensive measures of the quality of occupational therapy services are critical as the profession as a whole and school-based occupational therapy (SBOT) practitioners in particular examine and strengthen the depth and breadth of the body of knowledge and improve, measure, and advocate for the value of their service to students, families, and…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Accountability, Occupational Therapy, Educational Environment
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Benson, Jeryl D.; Breisinger, Emily; Roach, Meghan – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
Aim: The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the role of sensory-based intervention in school-based occupational therapy. The research questions are: 1. How do school-based occupational therapists (OTs) describe the role of sensory-based intervention (SBI) in an educational setting? 2. Which current practice trends influence…
Descriptors: Intervention, Sensory Integration, Occupational Therapy, Surveys
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Rodrigues, Sonia M.; Seruya, Francine M. – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2019
This study explored the practice patterns and perceived needs of American middle-school-based occupational therapy practitioners. An online survey was sent to occupational therapy professional associations nationally and posted on professional social media pages. Sixty-four occupational therapy practitioners from all regions of the country…
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Middle Schools, Online Surveys
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Donica, Denise K.; Giroux, Peter; Faust, Amber – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2018
Using computers and keyboarding skills for written communication have been common adaptations recommended by occupational therapists which are now important for all students. We used a quasi-experimental, pre-test/post-test design to examine the effectiveness of a developmentally based curriculum, Keyboarding Without Tears®, as compared to free…
Descriptors: Keyboarding (Data Entry), Elementary School Students, Instructional Effectiveness, Skill Development
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Strong, Kelsey; Wolff, Meredith; Meier, Caroline; Bublitz, Stephaney; Geboy, Sarah; Myers, Sydney; Szczech Moser, Christy – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2018
Occupational therapists have a long standing history of working side by side teachers to enhance the writing skills of children. More recently, therapists are now promoting literacy and sharing their expertise with fellow professionals. This review will highlight research and resources occupational therapists can utilize to facilitate the literacy…
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Literacy, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
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Short, Nathan; Best, Sara; Bhowmick, Ankan; Brenner, Danielle; Cundall, Corey; Farmer, Melissa; Patel, Monal; Ross, Mitchell – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2018
Use of iPad technology in the classroom may facilitate learning, engagement, motivation, and interest (Crescenzi, Jewitt, & Price, 2014). The Dexteria™ iPad application was implemented into first grade curriculum using a nonequivalent control group design to explore impact on visual-motor integration (VMI) skills using the Beery-Buktenica…
Descriptors: Perceptual Motor Coordination, Computer Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Grade 1
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Donica, Denise K.; Massengill, Meghan; Gooden, Mary Jessup – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2018
Literature has indicated conflicting results regarding the relationship between grasp patterns and legible handwriting. Historically, the dynamic tripod grasp was viewed as the gold standard, but more recent literature indicates that grasp may not have as much of an effect on handwriting legibility as once thought. The purpose of this study is to…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Psychomotor Skills, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
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Tse, Linda Fung Ling; Siu, Andrew Man Hong; Li-Tsang, Cecilia Wai Ping – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2018
Aims: This study aimed to (1) develop and validate the Chinese and English Handwriting Screening Test for Kindergarten Children (CHEST) to screen children for handwriting difficulties in their final year of kindergarten education in Hong Kong, and to (2) identify common types of problems encountered by those children before their formal primary…
Descriptors: Literacy, Bilingualism, Kindergarten, Content Validity
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Randall, Beth S. – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2018
Handwriting is a foundational skill students use throughout each school day. Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to assist teachers and students in the occupational task of handwriting. This intervention combined a collaborative teaching model and the use of Handwriting Without Tears® to teach lower case letter writing to two…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Writing Instruction, Allied Health Personnel, Occupational Therapy
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