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A mixed-methods research design was utilized to explore the role of occupational therapy in mealtime participation in school-based settings. Interviews and surveys were completed to understand occupational therapy practicers' perceptions, attitudes, and experiences with providing services related to mealtime. The themes that emerged from the study including (a) occupational therapy practitioners experience inhibiting and supporting contextual factors that affect their involvement in mealtime, (b) admin and occupational therapy culture and the interpretation of educational relevance can differ between each school, and (c) occupational therapy practitioners go through a decision-making process when deciding to address mealtime.

Publication Date

Spring 5-9-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


occupational therapy, school age populations, health occupations schools

Medical Subject Headings

Schools, Meals, Attitudes, Occupational Therapists, Surveys and Questionnaires


Curriculum and Instruction | Occupational Therapy | Special Education and Teaching


Poster presented at the Spring 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 4 and April 12, 2023.

Occupational Therapy's Role in Mealtime Participation in Schools