Occupational Therapy Has A Long-Standing History Of Being

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Occupational therapy has a long-standing history of being a client-centered profession that aims to understand each person individually to best meet occupational performance needs in their day to day life. Occupational therapists utilize a multitude of resources to best create a plan of care for each client. Resources that are used often include: standardized assessments, evaluations, client-centered interventions and theoretical frame of reference. A theoretical frame of reference is defined as "a set of interrelated internally consistent concepts, definitions, postulates and principles that provide a systematic description of and prescription for a practitioner 's interaction within his domain of concern" (Creighton, 1985). This paper…show more content…
When the therapist would incorporate softball related activities into my therapy I certainly was more motivated because the occupation that I was interested in was involved. Occupational therapists are said to be very adaptive professionals and understand how how important it is to be adaptive, not only as a professional, but in everyday life. The Occupational Adaptation Frame of Reference by Schkade and Schultz aims to describe the link between the two fundamental constructs of occupational therapy, namely; occupation and adaptation (Schultz & Schkade, 1992). This theory primarily focuses on the interplay between the external and the internal factors that are interacting continuously during completion of occupations. The constant factor is press for mastery which yields the occupational challenge and one’s ability of an adaptive response. An adaptive response is made up of three subprocesses that are internal to the person; the three subprocesses are: the generation subprocess, the evaluation subprocess and the integration subprocess and these explain the adaptive response activated by the person in response to an occupational challenge (Schultz & Schkade, 1992). Through the subprocesses, the person plans the adaptive response, evaluates the outcome and integrates the evaluation as adaptation. I am find this frame of reference quite interesting because it focuses on the interplay of internal and external factors and how an individual responds to the interplay of

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