Occupational Therapist: A Case Study

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The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) defines occupational therapy as “a client-centered health care profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation”. Occupational Therapists are able to utilize different resources to treat their clients in a way that best fits their needs. Some ways Occupational Therapists do this is by using unique frames of reference to view, organize and assess each client individually. A frame of reference (FOR) can help to perceive data, communicate ideas and determine the best way to develop and carryout a treatment plan. A FOR is a very important tool for an Occupational Therapist to have and can be developed many ways. Through researching current frames of reference I…show more content…
This model focuses on the activities, tasks, and roles that are important to the person, organization, or population and the person’s view of him or herself. Intrinsic factors, such as psychological, cognitive, physiological and neurobehavioral capacities, along with extrinsic factors, such as physical, cultural, and social environments are also key components of this model. (BOOK Measure) What stood out to me most was the person’s view of him or herself and the intrinsic and extrinsic factors. How a person views themselves is a very important part of progressing in treatment. It is our job as therapists to provide the just right challenge to our patients allowing them to be challenged and grow, but to also be able to succeed in the task given, so they can gain confidence in their abilities. When choosing tasks we must also take their intrinsic factors such as cognitive level into consideration as well as extrinsic factors such as where they will actually be doing this task in the future. Focusing on the client’s abilities in this way will help them to gain confidence when participating in real life…show more content…
HOMES is a holistic approach to treating clients that focuses on their occupations, motivations, environments and self-perceptions. This FOR is meant to begin by looking at the client as a whole person or holistically. This includes their physical, emotional, and physiological needs. All of these elements lay the foundation for assessing a person’s occupational performance and determining their current abilities. Here we look at a person’s strength, ROM and endurance to determine what abilities our client currently has. We use aspects of the biomechanical model to improve upon their physical endurance, ROM and strength to prepare them to participate in occupational tasks and activities. We also use aspects of PEO-P to look at any intrinsic factors that may be affecting our client’s performance such as

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