3rd Edition

Foundations of Pediatric Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant

Edited By Jan Hollenbeck, Amy Wagenfeld Copyright 2025
    576 Pages
    by Routledge

    This best-selling text provides an essential introduction to the theoretical foundations to clinical pediatric care within occupational therapy, as well as illustrative guidance to inform its practical application for occupational therapy assistants.

    This new edition has been thoroughly updated to include new chapters on autism and trauma responsive care and with a greater overall emphasis on occupational performance and participation. The book aligns with the fourth edition of the OT Practice Framework, as well as the AOTA 2020 Code of Ethics. Written in a succinct and straightforward style throughout, each chapter features brief vignettes drawn on the authors own clinical experiences, case studies, and reflective activities designed to elicit discussion and exploration into the unique world of pediatric occupational therapy theory and practice. This edition also includes a new feature, ‘In My Words’, charting the experiences of caregivers and children themselves.

    Including chapters from some of the leading practitioners in the field, and featuring color photos throughout, this will be a key resource for any occupational therapy assistant student or practitioner working with children and their caregivers.


    Shauna Manthorn


    Amy Wagenfeld and Jan Hollenbeck

    1. Foundations of Occupational Therapy

    Cynthia Haynes, Sara Loesche, and Carol Just

    2. Guiding Principles in Pediatric Practice

    Jan Hollenbeck

    3. Theories, Models, and Frames of Reference

    Michael Roberts

    4. Childhood Development

    Caitlin Koob and Amy Wagenfeld

    5. Childhood Diagnoses

    Linda Olson, Catherine Candler, and Sidney Trantham

    6. Collaboration

    Beth DeGrace, Sandy Arnold, and Cynthia Selim

    7. Considerations in Pediatric Practice

    Nicole Cherylyn Honoré

    8. Pediatric Evaluation

    Joshua Skuller

    9. Documentation

    Brandi Buchanan and Neeha Patel

    10. Positioning

    Joshua Skuller

    11. Orthotic Intervention

    Jill Peck-Murray

    12. Assistive Technology

    Kevin Berner

    13. Hand Development

    Donna Gallen, Jenna McCoy-Powlen, and Michelle Suarez

    14. Play

    Jan Hollenbeck and Kelly Giaquinto

    15. Activities of Daily Living

    Caitlin Koob

    16. Feeding

    Jean Lyons Martens

    17. Handwriting

    Peggy Morris

    18. Introduction to Sensory Integration

    Teresa A. May-Benson

    19. Autism

    Pamela Stephenson and Colleen Cameron Whiting

    20. Mental Health

    Lisa Crabtree

    21. Trauma Responsive Practice

    Colleen Whiting

    22. The Early Intervention Model

    Pamela Stephenson

    23. The Educational Model

    Jan Hollenbeck and Peggy Morris

    24. The Healthcare Model

    Courtney Richards and Tara Glennon

    25. The Community Model

    Tara Glennon, Courtney Richards, Alexa Molinari, and Karen Majeski


    Nicole Cherylyn Honoré


    Jan Hollenbeck, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA has practiced in public school and community pediatric settings for more than 30 years as both an occupational therapist and special education administrator. Dr. Hollenbeck has presented extensively at local, state, and national levels and shares her expertise in school practice, secondary transition, and leadership through professional development, consultation, and authoring. She is co-founder of the Partnership for Advancement of School Service-Providers (PASS), providing professional development and consultation in areas that inform and empower related service providers and facilitate the success of children in educational settings. Dr. Hollenbeck is the MAOT liaison to the MA Department of Education and first author of the Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy in Massachusetts Schools. She served on the AOTA Early Intervention and Schools SIS Committee and co-facilitates the AOTA State Leaders in School Practice Community of Practice. Dr. Hollenbeck was named to the AOTA Roster of Fellows for "Innovative Practice, Inspired Leadership, and Impassioned Advocacy."

    Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Landscape Architecture and is Principal of Amy Wagenfeld | Design. After many years of pediatric occupational therapy practice, and acknowledging her love of nature and design, she shifted her focus to collaborative therapeutic outdoor space design and program development. Her most meaningful design projects are those intended to improve the lives of children and the adults who love and care for them. Published widely and the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her work in occupational therapy and landscape architecture, Dr. Wagenfeld is the co-author of the newly released, Nature-Based Strategies for Allied Health Practitioners, co-author of the upcoming book, The Nature of Inclusive Play Space Design, and Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces.