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From The CriticsReviewer: Christine S. Olson, MS, OTR/L(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book outlines the foundational aspects of occupational therapy and describes the role of occupational therapists in the physical disability setting. It is organized around the Occupational Functioning Model and includes a diagram of the model to help readers understand and organize the content. This is an update of the fifth edition of 2002.
Purpose: It is intended to help occupational therapy students and practitioners acquire the skills necessary to provide occupational therapy services and facilitate the development of the reflection process used in practice. The book is a valuable tool for individuals studying and practicing occupational therapy.
Audience: Although written for students and practitioners specializing or interested in the physical disability setting, the book contains general, basic information that experienced or specialized occupational therapists may not find helpful.
Features: The book does an excellent job covering many pertinent topics in the area of physical disability, including the history of occupational therapy, assessments used in this setting, a variety of treatment approaches, common diagnoses seen by occupational therapists, and the role occupational therapists play in assisting individuals with a physical disability become more independent. The detailed descriptions and pictures of manual muscle testing and range of motion are helpful, as are the many pictures that illustrate and clarify the text. Internet resources are listed throughout the book, providing useful, up-to-date information. Using the Occupational Functioning Model helps organize thoughts and provides an example of implementing a model.
Assessment: This book has been useful to me as a student and as a new therapist. Compared to the fifth edition, this edition focuses more on evidence, which is important for the future of occupational therapy. Using teaching tools such as case studies, the book is also helpful in developing the reflective process used in occupational therapy. Reflections are a necessary component of occupational therapy practice because of the variety of people and situations occupational therapists encounter. This is a great addition to an occupational therapist's collection of resources.