Graduation Date


Document Type

Capstone Project

Project Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy

Program Chair

Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR/L

Faculty Advisor

Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR/L


This thesis paper examines a new assessment, Structured Observations of Sensory Integration- Motor (SOSI-M), and it’s concurrent validity against the well-validated Bruininks- Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency Second Edition (BOT-2). This research study answers the question of “Do the scores from SOSI-M correlate with scores from the BOT-2 in a sample of children 5 to 14 years of age?”. The participants for this study are school-aged children between the ages of five to fourteen years old, all genders, English-speaking, ambulate without assistance or use of orthotic devices, and have motor and sensory abilities sufficient in order to complete both motor assessments. Participants will be excluded if they have been administered the BOT-2 assessment within six months of the administration date for research study, or have significant impairments.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the restrictions that were set, the original project was modified to adhere to the safety precautions and recommendations determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a result, researchers were unable to participate in any in-person or direct-contact interactions with study participants. The modified version of this project aims to compare content of the new SOSI-M against the BOT-SF to further inform practitioners’ knowledge of this tool and allow occupational therapists to provide more comprehensive, evidence-based & client-centered care in the form of a cross-sectional activity analysis.

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