Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Karen Aiken, MA, OTR/L


The role of occupational therapists within the school setting is to facilitate student participation in educationally relevant tasks. According to the fourth edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, occupational therapists (OTs) can provide consultation to community planning agencies, multidisciplinary teams, and teachers as a method of providing indirect services (AOTA, 2020). Participation in multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and response to intervention (RtI) is a key way to facilitate this role for school-based clinicians. For my doctoral capstone experience, I designed resources for teachers that targeted fine motor, visual motor, and visual perceptual skills to support school tasks, such as pre-writing skills, handwriting, and manipulation of school tools and resources that elaborated on the role of occupational therapy within the school setting. The goal for this project was to increase awareness of the scope of school-based occupational therapy and provide beneficial strategies to embed into classrooms to improve occupational performance of various academic-related skills.