Research Article  |   November 2014
National Survey of Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Involvement in Response to Intervention
Author Affiliations
  • Susan M. Cahill, PhD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Midwestern University, 555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515; scahil@midwestern.edu
  • Beatriz McGuire, OTD, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Wheaton Public School District, Wheaton, IL
  • Nathaniel D. Krumdick, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
  • Michelle M. Lee, PhD, ABPP, is Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
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Research Article   |   November 2014
National Survey of Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Involvement in Response to Intervention
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2014, Vol. 68, e234-e240. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.010116
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2014, Vol. 68, e234-e240. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.010116
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. We sought to describe occupational therapy practitioners’ perceived levels of preparedness for and involvement in school-based Response to Intervention (RtI) initiatives.

METHOD. We mailed a survey to a random sample of 1,000 practitioners from the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Early Intervention and School Systems Special Interest Section.

RESULTS. Of 295 returned surveys (29.9% response rate), 19 were excluded because of missing or incomplete data. Three-quarters of respondents (77.6%) reported that their districts implemented RtI. Two-thirds of respondents (66.3%) indicated that lack of resources limited their involvement in RtI; two-thirds (67%) said that district guidelines that describe expectations for practitioners’ involvement would help increase their participation. Many respondents cited the need for continuing education and supported moving from a caseload to a workload model.

CONCLUSION. Occupational therapy practitioners would benefit from specific district guidelines outlining the services they are able to provide within the context of RtI.