Health Policy Perspectives
Occupational therapy practitioners have a unique opportunity to participate as lung cancer screening educators, prevention specialists, and policy advocates within primary care teams.
Special Issue on Occupational Therapy With Neurodivergent People: Guest Editorial
The studies in this special issue show the need for enhanced practices, supports, and services through occupational therapy for neurodiverse people through all stages of life.
Special Issue: Research Articles
Evidence to Inform Occupational Therapy Intervention With Adults With Intellectual Disability: A Scoping Review
A wide range of literature, much of it in non–occupational therapy or international journals, is available to support occupational therapy intervention with adults with ID.
Addressing Puberty Challenges for Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Survey of Occupational Therapy Practice Trends
Opportunities exist to expand the interventions used in occupational therapy to successfully address puberty-specific challenges among adolescents with ASD.
Occupational therapy expertise paired with video modeling can provide meaningful support to work occupations.
Phenomenological Study of the Transition Process for Adolescents With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Occupational therapy practitioners are optimally positioned to remediate transition issues and must assert their role in transition planning for youth with IDD.
Occupational Goal Intervention Method for the Management of Executive Dysfunction in People With Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia: A Randomized Controlled Trial
The occupational goal intervention method was found to be effective in improving executive function, occupational performance, and ADLs in people with TRS.
Sex Education Practices for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Qualitative Study
Stakeholders can advocate for policies, standards, and additional training to support proactive, formal SE throughout adulthood for people with IDD.
Pilot Test of the Maximizing Adolescent Post-Secondary Success (MAPSS) Intervention: Supporting Parents of Autistic Youth
The MAPSS intervention can offer guidelines for occupational therapists working with autistic youth and their parents to prepare for adulthood
Differences in utilization patterns for patients with IDD provide a basis for occupational therapy practitioners to be leaders in adapting treatment protocols and providing education to caregivers and health care providers.
This article provides information on multiple interventions related to occupational therapy to improve QoL among autistic people.
This scoping review provides occupational therapy practitioners with a summary of occupational therapy–related assessment tools for adults with ID and an assessment reference guide.
Behind the Wheel: Specialized Driving Instructors’ Experiences and Strategies for Teaching Autistic Adolescents to Drive
Autistic adolescents can achieve licensure when supported by specialized, prolonged instruction that is individualized to their needs and strengths
Special Section: Systematic Reviews on Occupational Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease
Role of Occupational Therapy in Facilitating Participation Among Caregivers of People With Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review
An evaluation of existing evidence for supporting caregivers of people with Parkinson’s disease highlights the need for continued research in this area.
Interventions Within the Scope of Occupational Therapy to Improve Activities of Daily Living, Rest, and Sleep in People With Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review
A review of the current literature identifies evidence-based interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice to improve ADLs and sleep for people with PD
Occupational Therapy Interventions for Instrumental Activities of Daily Living for Adults With Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review
Occupational therapy intervention can be effective in improving or maintaining physical activity levels, medication management, handwriting, and IADLs for people with PD.
This review of research on participants’ experience of falls and fall prevention programs used in spinal cord rehabilitation highlights gaps in the available evidence.
The finding of incivility in occupational therapy workplaces underscores the importance of developing positive work cultures to ensure the health and safety of clients and practitioners.
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Shifting Focus From Impairment to Inclusion: Expanding Occupational Therapy for Neurodivergent Students to Address School Environments
Occupational therapy practitioners can facilitate the social participation and inclusion of neurodivergent students in schools by shifting the focus to addressing environmental barriers.
Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Occupational Therapy Education: The Role of Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) Standards
The authors provide a rationale for an ACOTE® standard requiring support for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority occupational therapy students.