Monthly Archives: April 2011

OT A to Z Challenge: O and P are for Occupational Performance

It seemed fitting to do double duty and combine “O” and “P” as occupational performance reflects that which is truly OT! Occupational performance is the completion of an occupation or an activity that requires the interaction of the person, the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

OT A to Z: N is for Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity – while not a concept unique to OT – holds tremendous application for neurorehabilitation provided by OTs. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to adapt and change over the course of one’s life – not just in the period … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

OT A to Z: M is for Model

Thanks to the suggestions of of @pinkypanda, the OT “M” is for model. Models provide a conceptual tool to assist in translating our theories into practice. Models are not prescriptive with regard to intervention activities, but rather provide a set … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

OT A to Z: L is for Leisure

“L” is the OT alphabet represents leisure. Leisure is defined as a” non-obligatory activity that is intrinsically motivated and engaged in during discretionary time, that is, time not committed to obligatory occupations such as work, self-care, or sleep” (Parham & … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

OT A to Z: K is for Kielhofner

What else could “K” be today but Kielhofner? Any OT – and OT student – knows of Gary Kielhofner. Dr. Kielhofner was a passionate OT, a groundbreaking theorist, an educator and researcher, and a mentor to countless OTs in the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

OT A to Z: J is for (Occupational) Justice

Occupational justice is a concept that has arisen in the field of occupational therapy in recent years. Occupational justice refers to the humanistic principle that all members of a society have a right to equally participate in in their occupations. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

OT A to Z: I is for Interests

Our OT “I” word is interests! As children, interests tend to convey things they are attracted to doing. One only has to spend time with an enthusiastic kid, and hear him or her talk about how they “want to” play … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

OT A to Z: H is for Habit

Today in our OT alphabet, H is for Habit!! If we all stopped to think about it for moment, we can probably identify several of our habits. Interestingly, we may tend to think of habits in reference to bad ones, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

OT A to Z: G is for Grading

G proved a little tougher to select a word! Thanks to @kirstyes and @clissa89 for their suggestions of goals, goal attainment scaling, and groups. But I opted to use @clissa89’s suggestions of “grading” as the word to represent the OT … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

OT A to Z: F is for Function!

Today…F is for Function!! Function is a word that is near and dear to the heart of OTs. My intuition would say that OTs probably use the word function even more often than they use the word occupation. But, as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments