Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


School-based occupational therapists (SBOTs) provide a range of services with collaborative consultation amongst interdisciplinary team members being one of their responsibilities. One perspective that has not been thoroughly examined within previous research is the administrators’ perceptions of the OTs’ roles and responsibilities within the school setting, which may impact how therapists can implement alternative service delivery models. This study aimed to determine administrators’ perceptions of the workload model for SBOTs, to explore their understanding of the SBOTs’ role and responsibilities, and to understand their perceptions regarding collaborative consultation.

An anonymous electronic survey was distributed to public school administrators within Rhode Island. The survey was created using the Qualtrics platform and the data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results show that most administrators believe that SBOTs should be involved in all three tiers of the multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Approximately 20% of administrators report that they are not at all familiar with the workload model. Many respondents feel that there are barriers to using alternative service delivery models, with staff being unclear as to how to transition to an alternative service delivery model being noted as the biggest barrier (63.2%). This capstone fills a void in the literature where administrators’ perspectives regarding alternative service delivery models and their views on collaborative consultation in relation to the SBOTs’ role were not explored. Understanding administrators’ perspectives can guide future research and help practitioners that are seeking to transition to a workload model.

Faculty Mentor

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

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Laura Bray Ph.D., MS, OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy