Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

MaryEllen Thompson

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Second Advisor

Colleen M. Schneck

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Third Advisor

Julie Baltisberger

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative research study is to gain a better perspective of occupational therapists’ perceived experiences when implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) in early education. RtI is an emerging practice area in Occupational Therapy. Three Kentucky occupational therapists, working in the school system in different counties, were recruited through email and snowballing. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in person with participants. Information gathered was transcribed verbatim and transcripts were examined for purposes of coding. Coding was compared across cases and examined for themes. Despite commonalities, three distinct experiences of RtI emerged. Implications for occupational therapists working in the school system will be discussed.

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