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This life history is one of 29 life history interviews which are a part of a larger project, Life Histories of Individuals Who Have Been Influential in Developing Occupational Therapy in North Dakota and Wyoming. The purpose of the project is to gather information about the history and evolution of 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 that the life history process will be a powerful way to gather this information. By using a life history approach, this study focused on the participant, Rhoda Erhardt’s, involvement in the evolution of OT practice. This study intends to provide current and future generations of occupational therapists with a view of the history and how OT practice has evolved from its inception to current practice in North Dakota and Wyoming. Rhoda Erhardt is a well known practitioner in the state of North Dakota and has achieved many accomplishments throughout the years. In order to gather information about her experiences as an occupational therapist, the researchers conducted an over the phone interview with Rhoda.

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occupational therapists, Pediatrics, child development.


Occupational Therapy

A Piece of the Evolution of Occupational Therapy in North Dakota: Life History of Rhoda Erhardt, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA