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Objective: This study aims to systematically examine and organize current literature describing the assessments, interventions, and other behaviors of occupational therapists used to treat children to young adults with community mobility needs. Gaps in the knowledge will be highlighted to impact future research.

Methods: An electronic database search, searching within found literature, contact with driving and community mobility networks and organization were used to identify the relevant literature. Data was extracted and analyzed independently by the investigator by way of finding themes and codes and producing charted data.

Results: The total number of studies included in this work was 28. The average number of participants in each study was 50. The data showed that the most common behaviors of OT practitioners in addressing community mobility needs of young people with disabilities were assessment and then intervention. The most common assessment was a driving simulator, and the most common intervention was on-road training.

Discussion: The study was limited to studies published in English, lack of published literature on the population and occupation, and access to literature being limited. This study did not require funding.

Publication Date

Summer 8-12-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Disabled Persons, Automobile Driving, Child, Adolescent, Young Adult, Literature Review


Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Summer 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences held online on August 12, 2021.

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Addressing Community Mobility  in Children to Young Adults with Disabilities: A Scoping Review