Graduation Year

2017

Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

Research questions answered in this capstone pilot study project were two-fold: 1) determine if web-based tutorials are effective for caregivers of children in early intervention (EI) programs to reinforce general topic information and 2) examine caregiver attitudes towards using online training modules.The scientific underpinnings used were the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) (AOTA, 2014) and the Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework (Brown & Green, 2011).

The study was created on CourseSites website powered by Blackboard, using technology to reinforce occupation-based EI topics, through tutorial presentations and videos. Quantitative data was collected from caregivers using pre-and post-testing measures including Likert Rating Scales for changes in opinions and frequencies and percentages were compared using content questions.

Eighteen participants enrolled in the capstone study; twelve completed three web-based modules: parent coaching in early intervention, establishing bedtime routines, and establishing mealtime routines. Evidence revealed positive ratings in attitudes and perceptions of caregivers using technology to promote carryover and reinforce general EI topics. Further, the study ascertained success in caregivers improving content topic knowledge and sharing meaningfulness towards applying strategies to their child’s daily routines.

This study identified a convenient flexible platform supporting caregivers of children participating in EI programs. By enabling carryover through supplementary online instruction, Occupational therapists can help families achieve Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes, positively impacting a child’s life at home, daycare, preschool, or other inclusive environments.

Faculty Mentor

Leslie J. Hardman, OTD, OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Shirley P. O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)

000525

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