Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Mandy Meyer


Amputees -- rehabilitation; Child; Occupational Therapy -- methods; Students


Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly project was to assist in treatment planning for school-based occupational therapists providing services to children who have suffered a traumatic limb loss. The goal of this scholarly project was to promote successful reintegration into the school setting as children with traumatic limb loss have been found to encounter difficulties returning to full participation in valued occupations including being a student and a friend (Michelsen, Van Wijk, & Ketelaar, 2010). There has been limited research conducted focusing on the role of occupational therapists when working with children in the school setting who have experienced traumatic limb loss.

Methods: A thorough literature review focused on the occupational therapists’ role in the reintegration process of children with limb loss into the school setting was conducted. Multiple databases were utilized when creating the literature review including: CINAHL, PubMed, OT Search, and Google Scholar. Textbooks and government websites were also used to gather additional information. Some key terminology used during the literature search included: “occupational therapy, school, context, amputation, limb loss, child, and integration”.

Conclusion: A manual was developed to guide the occupational therapy process when working with elementary-aged children with a traumatic limb loss in the school setting. Guided by the Model of Person Environment and Occupation, the goal of this manual was to create a higher quality of life for the child with a limb loss by establishing a better fit between the student, the school environment, and his/her occupations.