Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant: Principles, Practice Issues, and Techniques / Edition 4

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To help OTAs keep pace with the latest developments in occupational therapy, Sally Ryan and Karen Sladyk present a new edition of the classic Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant: Principles, Practice Issues, and Techniques. This updated Fourth Edition integrates the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process throughout each section, while including evidence-based practice and research to support the treatment options presented.

Written in a student-friendly format, the text covers all aspects of OTA practice for both education and preparation for the NBCOT exam. Using actual client examples, students are guided throughout the process of learning various principles and disabilities to applying that knowledge in a clinical setting. A young child with visual deficits, a teenager with depression, and a businessman with a stroke are just a few of the client records profiled.

A variety of treatment techniques are detailed to help prospective OTAs understand how to choose and when to implement certain procedures. Group intervention, assistive technology, basic splinting, wellness and health promotion, and work injury activities are examples of the techniques presented.

Unique to this Fourth Edition are specific chapters designated to evidence-based practice and understanding research. These chapters, along with chapters on supervision, functional ethics, and teamwork, reinforce information presented in earlier chapters and help the OTA manage aspects of his or her career.

A core text for students aspiring to become successful OTAs, Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant, Fourth Edition contains the information necessary to take that next step.

Topics Include:

  • Historical, philosophical, and theoretical principles
  • Occupations and disabilities
  • Treatment techniques, procedures, and concepts
  • Management and practice issues
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556427404
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 593,647
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired

Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired is a graduate of the first occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at Duluth, MN in 1964. She has taken extensive coursework at the University of Minnesota as a James Wright Hunt Scholar, and at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul. Her background includes experience in practice, clinical education supervision, management in long-term care, consultation, and teaching in the professional occupational therapy (OT) program at the College of St. Catherine. In the past, Sally has served in a variety of leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels, including the AOTA Executive Board and on-site evaluator of the AOTA Accreditation Committee. Sally is the recipient of numerous state and national awards. She was the first COTA to receive the AOTA Award of Excellence and was among the first recipients of the AOTA Roster of Honor. Sally has recently retired and is enjoying interior decorating, photography, needlework, and gardening.

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA is professor and chair of OT at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA. Karen received her Bachelor’s degree in OT from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Community Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Her practice interests in mental health and cognitive rehabilitation led to her pursuit of a Doctorate in Adult and Vocational Education at the University of Connecticut. An educator for 15 years, Karen is very interested in how students learn to become clinical reasoners. She has edited several OT texts with a focus on helping OT and OTA students master the content of OT education. In her free time she quilts, antiques for vintage jewelry, and volunteers for the local animal shelter, taking in too many strays.

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Table of Contents


Section I: Historical, Philosophical, and Theoretical Principles 
Chapter 1: Looking Back, Living Forward: Occupational Therapy History
Robert K. Bing, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 2: The Occupational Therapy Assistant Heritage: Proud and Dynamic
Shirley Holland Carr, MS, LOTR, FAOTA
Chapter 3: Philosophy and Core Values in Occupational Therapy
Phillip D. Shannon, MA, MPA
Chapter 4: Human Development
Carol Winters-Smith, PhD
Chapter 5: Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process-Our Language
Ben Atchison, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 6: Activity Analysis: Our Tool
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 7: Theory That Guides Practice: Our Map
Diane K. Dirette, PhD, OT
Chapter 8: Therapeutic Intervention Process
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired
Chapter 9: Occupation: An Individual’s Choice
Bonnie Brooks, MEd, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 10: Teaching and Learning
Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Section II: Occupations and Disabilities
Chapter 11: A Young Child With Visual Impairments
Angela E. Scoggin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Dickson Rodriguez, MA-CVRT, OTR;
Mary Kathryn Cowan, MA, OTR, FAOTA; and Patricia K. Benham, MPH, OTR
Chapter 12: A Toddler With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 13: A Kindergartner With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Heather Miller Kuhaneck, MS, OTR, BCP and Susanne Smith Roley, MS, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 14: Two Children With Cerebral Palsy
Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 15: A Second-Grader With Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Linda Florey, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 16: A Third-Grader With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Sue Gallagher, MA, OTR
Chapter 17: A Teenager With Depression
Linda Florey, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 18: A Car Mechanic With Traumatic Brain Injury
Deanna Proulz-Sepelak, OTR and Paula Jo Belice, MS, OTR
Chapter 19: A Telephone Repairman With Spinal Cord Injury
M. Laurita (Lita) Fike, MA, OTR; Karen Pendleton, MA, OTR; and Liane Hewitt, MPH, OTR
Chapter 20: A Teacher’s Aide With Schizophrenia
Margaret Drake, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Tonia Taylor, BS, COTA
Chapter 21: A Mother and Caterer With Multiple Sclerosis
Lori T. Andersen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA and Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Chapter 22: A Self-Help Group Leader With Anxiety
Margaret Drake, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Tonia Taylor, BS, COTA
Chapter 23: Three People Across the Age Span With Arthritis
Lynda Bishop, MS, OTR
Chapter 24: A Plumber and Golfer With Total Hip Arthroplasty
Dairlyn Gower, BAS, COTA/L and Marcia Bowker, OTR, CHT
Chapter 25: A Senior Homemaker With Substance Abuse
Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR, FAOTA and Denise Rotert, MA, OTR
Chapter 26: A Businessman With a Stroke
Martha Logigian, MS, OTR
Chapter 27: A Homemaker and Volunteer With Parkinson’s Disease
Kathryn Melin Eberhardt, MAEd, COTA/L, ROH
Chapter 28: A Retired Librarian With Sensory Deficits
Paula W. Jamison, PhD, OTR
Chapter 29: A Married Couple Dealing With Alzheimer’s Disease
Carolyn M. Baum, PhD, OTR/C, FAOTA 

Section III: Treatment Techniques, Procedures, and Concepts
Chapter 30: Group Intervention
Roseanna Tufano, LMFT, OTR
Chapter 31: Arts and Crafts as Meaningful Occupation
Margaret Drake, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 32: Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment
Mary Kathryn Cowan, MA, OTR, FAOTA and Beth O’Sullivan, MPH, OTR
Chapter 33: Basic Splinting
Jaclyn West-Frasier, MA, OTR
Chapter 34: Wellness and Health Promotion
Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 35: Life Skills
Denise Rotert, MA, OTR and Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 36: Activities of Daily Living
Corina Hall, MS, OTR
Chapter 37: Work Injury Activities
Barbara Larson, MA, OTR, FAOTA 

Section IV: Management and Practice Issues
Chapter 38: Evidence-Based Practice 472
Paula Wright, MS, OTR
Chapter 39: Understanding Research
Sandy Bell, PhD, PT
Chapter 40: Documentation
Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 41: Occupational Therapy Assistant Supervision
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 42: The Occupational Therapy Assistant as Activity Director
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 43: Functional Ethics
S. Maggie Reitz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 44: Teamwork and Team Building
Ellen Berger Rainville, MS, OTR, FAOTA; Tone Blechert, MA, COTA, ROH;
Marianne Christiansen, MA, OTR; and Nancy Kari, MPH, OTR
Chapter 45: Management Issues
Claudine Bogosian, MHA, OTR
Chapter 46: Professional Development
Anne Birge James, MS, OTR and Marijke Thamm Kehrhahn, PhD 

Appendix A Human Developmental Chart
Appendix B Standards of Practice for Occupational Therapy
Appendix C Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics-2000
Appendix D Internet Resources
Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA


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