Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Sonia Zimmerman


Child; Occupational Therapy -- methods; Sleep Deprivation -- complications; Sleep Deprivation -- psychology; Sleep Deprivation -- therapy


The purpose of this scholarly project was to review the occupational therapy literature and develop a guide to instruct occupational therapists in screening children with sleep problems and associated occupational performance issues.

The primary method used for this project was the use of an extensive literature review of common sleep problems, co-morbidities of sleep problems, the impact of lack of sleep, sleep interventions, and the role of occupational therapy when addressing sleep problems in school-aged children. A number of search engines were utilized including PubMed, CINAHL, PsychInfo, OT Search, OT Seeker, and OT textbooks.

The literature indicated there was a lack of sleep assessments available to be used by occupational therapists when addressing school-aged children and sleep problems. The “Occupational Therapy Sleep Screening Tool” was developed to give therapists an easy-to-use screening tool to help identify and provide services in relation to sleep. The Person-Environment-Occupation model provides the foundation for the developed screening tool. The screening tool includes a pre-screening checklist, a take home questionnaire, and both a parent and child informal interview.

School-aged children sleep problems have an impact on a child’s emotions, behaviors, cognition and relationships. The screening tool provides the occupational therapist with a guide to screening for sleep problems including impact on the child’s occupational performance.