Sheryl L. Zylstra

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Occupational Therapy

Sheryl Zylstra is a specialist in school-based occupational therapy, with a special interest in understanding the development and learning processes of children with autism, especially in regards to social skill development and learning through the use of technology. She is also interested in the importance of handwriting to early literacy and how technology may support these connections. Zylstra was a contributing author to the article “Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI): An Effective Outcome Measure for Handwriting Interventions for Kindergarten, First-Grade, and Second-Grade Students?” in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2015), which determined that a widely used assessment of visual-motor skills may not detect changes in handwriting related to occupational therapy intervention. She also wrote “Evidence for the Use of Telehealth in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, in Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention (2013), which examines the effectiveness of therapies delivered to children under the age of 16 through telephone or computer communications, as measured by specific outcomes and satisfaction measures. Zylstra previously worked in hand therapy and industrial rehabilitation.


B.S., University of Washington, 1989; M.S., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1995; DOT, Temple University, 2015

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