Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Christine T. Myers

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this study was to obtain an understanding of how one family of children with disabilities views their occupational participation. A qualitative case study was used to provide a holistic view of occupational participation from individual family members. Data were gathered through interviews with all members of the family, observations of the family engaging in typical occupations, and artwork collected from the children. Data collected during interviews and observations were analyzed using the a priori coding method, with the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) serving as the theoretical framework used to identify codes. Current findings indicate that an understanding of occupational participation of the family unit cannot be established from observation alone, but must consider the individual family members' perspectives as well. Discussion focuses on the influence of the MOHO framework, importance of family-centered care, and the implications for occupational therapists working with children and their families.