Student Research Paper
Low literacy levels in childhood cause detrimental, lifelong effects. Intervention services provided to struggling readers are currently limited. A preliminary study was conducted following a mixed methods approach to explore teacher perception of the benefits of occupational therapy intervention in the Response to Intervention model for reading delays.
Research questions were as follows: 1. To the teacher’s knowledge, are occupational therapy services currently available to students in the Response to Intervention model? 2. Do teachers perceive occupational therapy intervention within the Response to Intervention model beneficial for reading delays?
Data was collected via an electronic survey. Sixty-seven participant responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results suggest a general lack of knowledge and familiarity with occupational therapy services available and the benefits of occupational therapy interventions. However, regardless of the lack of familiarity with occupational therapy services, participant responses indicate a positive perception of the benefits of occupational therapy as an intervention for reading delays within the Response to Intervention model.
Guttman, Sarah, "Elementary School Teacher's Perception of Occupational Therapy" (2020). Occupational Therapy: Student Scholarship & Creative Works. 26.