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This project explored the experiences of caregivers interacting within the pediatric primary care setting in order to determine a need for occupational therapy to help support acquisition of child developmental milestones, screening for developmental delays, and implementation of health behaviors into family routines. An IRB research study was conducted to survey primary caregivers of children across the country to ascertain their experiences and knowledge of OT, ease of health behavior implementation, and comfortably discussing child development with their pediatrician's. A needs assessment survey was distributed at a San Diego pediatric primary care clinic, and a program was developed to support common areas of concern regarding child development and family routines.

Publication Date

Spring 4-14-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


occupational therapy, primary care, pediatrics, advocacy, child development

Medical Subject Headings

Pediatrics, Primary Care, Occupational Therapy, Health Behavior, Child Development


Occupational Therapy | Pediatrics | Primary Care


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences April 12-14, 2022.

Advocating for Occupational Therapy in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting