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This life history is one of twenty-nine life history interviews, which are a part of a larger project, Life Histories of Individuals Who Have Been Influential in Developing Occupational Therapy (OT) in North Dakota and Wyoming. The purpose of this project is to gather information about the history and evolution of occupational therapy (OT) practice in North Dakota and Wyoming through life histories of individuals who have been influential in developing OT in these two states. It is anticipated the life history process will be a powerful way to gather this information. This study is intended to provide current and future generations of occupational therapists with a view of history and how occupational therapy practice has evolved from its inception to current practice in North Dakota and Wyoming.

The life history project outlined within this report was conducted with the participant Kelly Taubert. Kelly is a retired occupational therapist located in Casper, Wyoming. Kelly has been influential in developing and teaching at the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Casper College. She also taught at the University of North Dakota’s Occupational Therapy satellite campus, located in Casper, Wyoming. Kelly worked at the Child Development Center (CDC) and consulted for several facilities around Wyoming.

This interview took place in a secluded area of the Goldstein Foundation Library on the Casper College campus. The portion of the library in which recording took place was the silent study area.

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occupational therapists, Inter- and intradisciplinary collaboration, rapport with clients, therapeutic use of occupations.


Occupational Therapy

Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: Life History of Kelly Taubert, M.S. OTR/L