Occupational Therapy treatment.
Can SI therapy help children with autistic spectrum disorder successfully engage in goal-directed activities?”
You will author a research paper on the use of sensory integration in occupational therapy treatment.
This research paper will need to meet the following criteria:
– min. 8 pages (not including the bibliography page)
– 12 point font
– Double spaced
– Margins 1” all around
This paper will need to include the following:
– Review of the literature
The answers to the following questions/statements must be included in the paper:
– How has sensory integration impacted on the field of occupational therapy and why?
– What if any legal considerations impact upon the use of sensory integration in occupational therapy?
– Give one example of a study that supports evidence based practice utilizing sensory integration.
– The origin of sensory integration
– The philosophy of sensory integration
– Clinical reasoning related to the use of sensory integration techniques in occupational therapy treatment
– What is sensory integration? Is it a frame of reference or is it a practice model?
– How has it evolved into its present treatment mode?
– Discuss the pros and cons of using sensory integration in occupational therapy treatment.
– What diagnosis is it used with predominantly?
Questions you may use in framing a thesis statement or research question:
– What about this topic is of interest to me?
– What about this topic is relevant to my practice?
– What about this topic is unresolved in the literature?
– What societal or professional purpose does knowing about this topic serve?
– What resources do I have to investigate this topic?
Thesis question for research paper:
“Can SI therapy help children with autistic spectrum disorder successfully engage in goal-directed activities?”
Goal-directed activities – explanation
Engagement in Occupation to Support Participation in Context
Engagement in occupation to support participation in context is the focus and targeted end objective of occupational therapy intervention. Engagement in occupation is seen as naturally supporting and leading to participation in context. When individuals engage in occupations, they are committed to performance as a result of self-choice, motivation, and meaning. The term expresses the profession’s belief in the importance of valuing and considering the individual’s desires, choices, and needs during the evaluation and intervention process. Engagement in occupation includes both the subjective (emotional or psychological) aspects of performance and the objective (physically observable) aspects of performance.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants understand engagement from this dual and holistic perspective and address all the aspects of performance (physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and contextual) when providing interventions designed to support engagement in occupations and in daily life activities. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants recognize that health is supported and maintained when individuals are able to engage in occupations and in activities that allow desired or needed participation in home, school, workplace, and community life situations.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants assist individuals to link their ability to perform daily life activities with meaningful patterns of engagement in occupations that allow participation in desired roles and life situations in home, school, workplace, and community (Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition (Framework–II) – official document of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
SOURCES to be used:
1. CDC – CDC – Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) This link can be used for basic info about autism
2. American Occupational Therapy Ass. – AOTA I provided fact sheet (pdf) from this web
3. American Journal of Occupational Therapy – AJOT I provided articles from this web
Total of at least 5-6 items in bibliography page
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