Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Sharon Lefkofsky

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Michael Brady

Third Advisor's Name

Susan Kaplan


Occupational therapists, Florida, Consultants, Medical consultation, Educational consultants

Date of Defense



Little research has been done on how well prepared occupational therapists feel to perform the role of consultant. This study investigated the perceptions of occupational therapists acting as consultants in Florida schools, how much education/training they have received and how they perceive their consultation skills. Participants in the study were sent a questionnaire and measures of central tendency were calculated on each item. Crosstabulations using Fisher's exact test were completed to investigate any relationship between type of consultation model used and relationships with educators. A one way ANOVA was conducted to investigate any relationship between self-perceived consultant skills and age, amount of experience, and training. The results indicate that occupational therapists providing consultative services rate their abilities as more than adequate and believe formal training in consultation is only mildly important. No significant relationships were found between training and skills or model used and relationships with educators.





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