Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Julie Grabanski


A Holistic Approach to Infant Sleep. Mackenzie Danielson, Karlie Marler, Alyssa Turner-Strong, Dr. Julie Grabanski, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1301 N. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202

Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly project was to analyze and review current literature to determine the key variables that impact infant sleep. Based on the literature, the authors then created an educational manual and sleep assessment for occupational therapists that holistically addresses infant sleep.

Methodology: An extensive review of literature was completed on the role of occupational therapy, assessment tools, interventions, modifications of the environment, sensory aspects, positioning, safety recommendations, the effect of nutrition, behavioral training, and cultural differences.

Summary: A holistic screening tool and occupational therapist educational guide were created based on the Person-Environment-Occupation Model of Occupational Performance. The Infant Sleep Questionnaire addresses all areas that could potentially affect infant sleep and assess the need for occupational therapy services. An Occupational Therapy Holistic Guide to Infant Sleep was created for occupational therapists working with infants and their caregivers to address developing a holistic treatment plan for infants and their caregivers.