Autism Occupational Therapy
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Using an Occupation Focus in our Work


There are many occupational-focused models and theories that can help guide occupational therapists in their practice. Our unique occupation lens and use of different models allows us to gather important information about the person, their environment, and occupational performance to guide assessment and intervention.

Dr. Jessie Wilson talks about the OT profession and shares her experience completing her PH.D. project working with autistic young adults and her use of the CO-OP approach in her work.

Learn about the roots of the Kawa model and how it came to fruition.

This podcast talks about the Kawa Model where we become the student and our client becomes the theorist and where there is no separation between person, occupation and environment. It is a model where there are no boxes and circles with directional arrows, simply a river…..the river of life.

Learn about the KAWA model and helpful guiding questions to use in practice.

The aim of this article is to compare occupation-focused models and provide recommendations on how to choose and combine these models in practice; and to provide a systematic approach for integrating occupation-focused models with frames of reference to guide assessment and intervention.

This resource link provides quick summaries and references for various OT theories and models.

This resource link provides quick summaries and references for OT theories and models.

A description of the CO-OP Approach™ and its goal to enable individuals with performance difficulties (e.g. physical, cognitive, or other), to succeed in performing the everyday tasks and activities that are important to them. 

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