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Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Shana Cerny


occupational therapy, primary care, pediatrics, interprofessional collaboration

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone project was to determine the role of an occupational therapist in a pediatric primary care setting. The goal was to provide education to primary care providers and their patients on the role of occupational therapy and development in general to support healthy physical and mental development. This capstone was conducted at Sanford Children’s Medical Building 2 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The occupational therapy student collaborated with pediatricians on well-child and well-baby visits to assist with screens and provide education pertaining to a variety of developmental areas and concerns that parents had. Continuing education was completed to further the student’s knowledge of diagnoses prevalent in the pediatric primary care setting. A presentation was created to educate the primary care providers on the role of OT in pediatrics. Additional presentations were created for new mothers regarding development. Resources and handouts were created as educational supplements for the clinic to provide to caregivers. A daily time log was completed to track the role of an OT student in this setting, which indicated that there is indeed a role for occupational therapy in the pediatric primary care setting. The project was considered a success as all deliverables were completed and all objectives were mastered.