Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


The prevalence of mobile technology has greatly increased in our society over the last ten years. As COVID-19 continues to impact our society, the long-term impact of mobile media continues to be a concern with the movement to remote learning. The purpose of this research is to examine the parent’s perspective of increased mobile media usage at a young age on the development of fine motor skills needed for participation in kindergarten. The literature that was reviewed indicates that currently no definitive understanding of the impact of increased mobile media is known. The research was guided through decision making based on the supporting frames of reference of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) developed by Gary Kielhofner (1949-2010) and Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) model developed by Bass, Baum and Christianson (1991-2015). The research was conducted through a 20-question survey distributed through Facebook. The results of the study indicate that further research is needed to gain an understanding of the impact of mobile media. The parent’s reported a significant increase in mobile media use due to COVID-19, which in turn has shifted typical engagement in occupation. The changes in technology and the increased use of mobile media impacts occupational therapy and the need for therapists to adapt treatment strategies and interventions.

Faculty Mentor

Julie Duckart, Ph.D., OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

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

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy