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Research Article  |   October 1996
Supervision and Consultation Services for Pediatric Occupational Therapists
Author Affiliations
  • Ellen Berger Rainville, MS, OTR, FAOTA, is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01109, and Doctoral Student, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sharon A. Cermak, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Elizabeth A. Murray, ScD, OTR, FAOTA, is Clinical Specialist, CAST, Inc., Peabody, Massachusetts, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. At the time of this study, she was Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College, Boston University, and Assistant Director of Occupational Therapy, Shriver Center, Waltham, Massachusetts
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Professional Issues / School-Based Practice / Research
Research Article   |   October 1996
Supervision and Consultation Services for Pediatric Occupational Therapists
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1996, Vol. 50, 725-731. doi:10.5014/ajot.50.9.725
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1996, Vol. 50, 725-731. doi:10.5014/ajot.50.9.725
Abstract

Objective. Occupational therapists with advanced experience or expertise provide supervision and consultation services in a variety of settings. This pilot study examined the use of such supervision and consultation services by pediatric occupational therapists.

Method. Special education administrators and pediatric occupational therapists from Massachusetts, a state often regarded as a leader in special education, responded to surveys designed especially for this study. These surveys asked about current supervision and consultation use, satisfaction with present services, and the need for additional resources in this area. Opinions regarding practice areas that would best be addressed by supervision and consultation were also obtained.

Results. Both administrator and therapist respondents agreed that expert occupational therapy supervision and consultation are needed. Identified areas of interest were classroom supervision and consultation strategies, service delivery decisions, and evaluation methods.

Conclusion. Pediatric occupational therapists need expert supervision and consultation from occupational therapists with advanced experience or expertise in addition to traditional management, education, and training methods.