OTD Capstone Presentation: Michael Coldiron

EKU Online OTD student Michael Coldiron, MS, OTR/L, CAS of Lexington, gave his capstone presentation titled  “The Experiences of Parents and Children of Dietary Diversity Undergoing Occupational Therapy Intervention for the Occupation of Feeding” on Monday, May 2. Committee members were Dr. Colleen Schneck, chair of the EKU Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Dr. Leslie Hardman, assistant professor. 


Occupational therapy practitioners engage in pediatric feeding interventions pertaining to diverse diets, or dietary restrictions. There is a lack of research into the experiences of children who consume a diverse diet as they undergo occupational therapy intervention for the occupations of feeding and eating. The purpose of this study was to enable children with diverse diets and their parents to self-report these experiences. The study was built upon the principles of the Person, Environment, Occupation (PEO) model. Through the use of qualitative methodology in a two-subject case study, the researcher interviewed parents about the challenges they encountered, their satisfaction with the therapeutic process, and their experiences. Data collection included audio-recorded semi-structured interviews and video documentation of feeding intervention sessions. Results indicated four themes: frustration, challenges with dining out, challenges with school lunches, and meal planning. Results suggest that children with diverse diets have an impact on the family’s occupations. Occupational therapists must take into account individual preferences when designing interventions for feeding and eating.

View the presentation.

Published on May 04, 2016