Letters to the Editor
Health Policy Perspectives
Receiving Recognition: A Case for Occupational Therapy Practitioners as Mental and Behavioral Health Providers
Coordination among states to identify barriers to and opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners’ recognition as QMHPs and QBHPs is essential to address the projected shortage of mental health service providers.
Parent Experiences and Perceptions of Safety When Transporting Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Researchers found a correlation between caregivers’ limiting the distance traveled during vehicular transportation and behavioral safety issues, leading to concerns that caregivers may not be fully accessing the community and engaging in leisure pursuits.
Occupational Therapist Treatment of Patients in the Neurological Critical Care Unit: Utilization and Patient Characteristics
Findings indicate that patients with a lower level of consciousness had later onset of occupational therapy, suggesting an opportunity for NCCU occupational therapists to collaborate with physicians in the modification of sedation protocols.
Examining Care Partner Problems Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Using the ICF to understand care partners’ problems after a sudden-onset condition may provide crucial insight needed to develop effective self-management interventions for care partners in the future.
Effects of Self-Regulated Physical Activity in Premature Infants on Bone Density and Length of Stay: A Pilot Study
Spontaneous physical activity by premature infants stretching against the resistance of “pod” garments was found to decrease bone loss and LOS.
High-Ecological Cognitive Intervention to Improve Cognitive Skills and Cognitive–Functional Performance for Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment
Carefully designed and structured simulated everyday cognitive tasks can be used as a training agent to improve both cognitive skills and objective cognitive–functional performance for older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Driving Performance in Older People With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Early-Stage Dementia: A Systematic Review
Low strength of evidence was found for the use of occupational therapy interventions to improve the driving performance of older people with MCI or early-stage dementia; development of evidence and guidelines in this area is critical.
Structured occupational reflection can enhance the recovery of adults living with SMI in inpatient psychiatry units.
Cultural Adaptation of the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration® (EASI) for Spanish-Speaking Populations
The authors describe the development of a cultural adaptation of the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI) for Spanish-speaking populations.
Loneliness and Activity Engagement Among Rural Homebound Older Adults With and Without Self-Reported Depression
Occupational therapy practitioners serving rural homebound older adults should consider providing interventions to address loneliness and facilitate activity engagement.
Maternal wellness and breastfeeding is an emerging area of practice in which occupational therapy practitioners can provide new mothers with supports that help them maintain self-efficacy related to breastfeeding and other meaningful occupations.
Because sleep issues have a considerable impact on family life, occupational therapy support is important young adults with ASD and their families.
Toward Control Over Time: Participant Experience of Attending the Let’s Get Organized Group Intervention
The Swedish version of the LGO, with its structured training of time-management skills, contributes to occupational therapy practice with an intervention that clients experience as bringing meaningful and positive changes to daily life functioning.
Columns: Brief Report
Occupational therapy has a role in facilitating college students' return to occupational performance during concussion recovery.
A toileting intervention using an automated bidet is feasible and acceptable for caregivers of older adults and can reduce the amount of physical assistance required from caregivers.
Columns: The Issue Is . . .
Unpaid Caregiving and Aging in Place in the United States: Advancing the Value of Occupational Therapy
The authors articulate the distinct value of occupational therapy in supporting state and federal policy focused on caregiving and aging in place.
Departments: Evidence Connection
Occupational Therapy Interventions to Support Feeding and Toileting in Children From Birth to Age 5 Years
The author describes evidence-based evaluation and intervention strategies for a child receiving early intervention services for ADL performance.