Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Joel Phillips

Second Advisor

Denise Hoffman


occupational therapy, autism, ABA, funding


The prevalence of autism in the United States is currently 1 in 68 children (Autism Alliance of Michigan, 2014). This is considered an epidemic. There are a variety of treatments available in the state of Michigan for children with autism, such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and applied behavior analysis (ABA). Effective April 1st, 2013, Michigan increased their funding cap for ABA therapy for treating children with autism. However, there is a lack of knowledge within the community and amongst professionals in regards to the critical treatment occupational therapy practitioners provide and as a result, there is a lack of Medicaid funding for children with autism. The anonymous web-based survey will collect data from the parents/guardians of children with medical or educational diagnosis who have received occupational therapy and/or ABA services. The data collected will help support previous research in order to increase professional and community education on the services occupational therapy practitioner’s provide for children with medical diagnoses. Lastly, the research conducted could ultimately work towards improving the effectiveness in treatment for autism in the state of Michigan.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access