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Children with ASD participate less in ADLs & IADLs than typically developing children(Travers et al.,2022). The problem is a gap between the known occupation-based assessments and utilization of the assessments by occupational therapists treating children and youth with ASD (Manee et al., 2020; Luna, 2019). This gap results in decreased activity participation diversity for the child and decreased ability for the occupational therapists to evidence effectiveness of occupation-based services (Manee et al., 2020; Luna, 2019). The purpose of this quantitative type of capstone project is to analyze occupational therapists who treat children and youth with ASD to determine the utilization frequency of occupation-based assessments in home, school, and community contexts. The findings of this quantitative research study were that there was no relationship between the years of experience and the use of OB Assessment tools or performance skills assessment tools and OTs are experiencing barriers at a high frequency. Findings also include that there is a lack of knowledge and unawareness on OB assessment tools. The future implications are to further understand why the knowledge of occupation-based assessments so limited to occupational therapy practitioners and why aren’t rehab managers and occupational therapy leaders ensuring the availability of a wide range of suitable assessment tools in their settings.

Publication Date

Spring 4-12-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Participation, Schools, Home Environment, Social Environment, Occupational Therapy, Child, Adolescent


Occupational Therapy | Other Mental and Social Health | Social Work | Special Education and Teaching


Capstone project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist Perception and Utilization of Occupation-Based Evaluation and Assessment with Children and Youth with ASD.