The article entitled "Beyond the Pencil: Expanding the Occupational Therapists' Role in the Early Childhood Classroom" by HDFS faculty members Dr. Hope Gerde and Dr. Lori Skibbe, and HDFS doctoral candidate Trish Foster, was among the most downloaded articles for the Open Journal of Occulational Therapy. The article identifies the critical role emergent writing plays in early childhood literacy development and how to effectively assess young children's writing ability. Practical guidance is provided to identify specific ways that Occupational Therapists can merge their occupation-centered approach with their expertise in writing to serve as a key resource for classroom teachers and enhance the writing development of all children.
Gerde, H. K., Foster, T. D., & Skibbe, L. E. (2014). Beyond the pencil: Expanding the occupational therapists' role in early childhood classroom. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2(1), 1-19.