Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapy practitioners practice under the values of client-centered care and cultural sensitivity. This valuates the role of the occupational therapy practitioner in pediatric feeding intervention pertaining to diverse diets. The problem is that there is a lack of research into the experiences of individuals who consume a diverse diet as they undergo occupational therapy intervention for the occupations of feeding and eating. The purpose of this study was to enable individuals with diverse diets to self-report these experiences. Participants were questioned on the challenges they encountered and detailed questions regarding the types of experiences they face. The study was built upon the principles of the People, Environment, Occupation (PEO) model. Through the use of qualitative methodology in a two-subject case study, the researcher was able to document the experiences identified by participants. Data collection included semi-structured interview, video documentation, and audio documentation. Results indicate recurring themes in participants’ experiences. Findings indicate trends, which the occupational therapy practitioner should address in the assessment and treatment of individuals with feeding and eating issues.

Faculty Mentor

Colleen M. Schneck

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Leslie J. Hardman

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


I would like to submit a special thanks to all of my friends and family who have long supported my passion. To the faculty and staff of Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, I would like to express my appreciation for your genuine approach to a challenging and rewarding educational program.

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