"Sandra Barker Dunbar writes a valuable introductory chapter: "Theory, Frame of Reference, and Model: A Differentiation for Practice Considerations". I found her description of each of the three concepts and their differences easy to understand- notable given the academic nature of the subject."
— Debbie Field, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
About the Author
Sandra (Sandee) Barker Dunbar, DPA, OTR/L, has practiced occupational therapy with children and families for more than 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University, her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University, and her Doctor of Public Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Sandee’s initial occupational therapy work was in early intervention, neonatal intensive care, and community-based intervention. Sandee has enjoyed developing a variety of innovative programs for families, including a primary care approach to early identification of developmental issues in collaboration with a pediatrician, Dr. Rose Joseph. Currently, Sandee is Chair and Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University. Since 1995, Sandee has contributed to student learning at NSU while maintaining a link to clinical and community settings that are geared toward helping children and families. This includes supervising students in on-campus pre-service learning at the Baudhuin School of the Mailman Segal Institute, which serves hundreds of children with autism each year. Sandee continues to be committed to creatively finding ways to better meet family needs for children with and without disabilities. She is grateful for the support of family, co-workers, and friends for their shared vision of making life better for those in need.