Autism Occupational Therapy
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Adopting a Coaching Approach to Support Family-Centred Practice

Why a Coaching Approach?

If we listen, if we are curious enough, we understand that parents and clients, whatever caseload that we’re working with, they have the answers within them. And if we help them to work it out, they don’t become reliant on us, they don’t come running back to therapy as soon as a problem comes up. They’ve got the tools, they develop their own resources to solve their own problems. And this is coming from this space of empowerment”  – The OT Lifestyle Movement Podcast

This section contains resources that describe the coaching approach and how to use this approach to support autistic individuals and their families, and the importance of listening to and empowering caregivers. 

Occupational Performance Coaching

Podcast featuring Dr Fiona Graham discussing Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC), an evidence based coaching intervention that she developed

The official website for information and resources about Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) intervention and the OPC Network of OPC researchers and trainers. OPC is an evidence-based intervention for rehabilitation specialists to assist people with disabilities and their caregivers to realise their aspirations for themselves, their loved ones, and their families.

The aim of this article is to describe occupational performance coaching (OPC) as an alternative approach to intervention

The Co-Op Approach

This article provides useful techniques to implement CO-OP in daily practices with children to promote skill acquisition and transfer for occupational performance

International Cognitive Approaches Network website page discussing the Co-op approach, including an overview of the approach, Ted Talk by Helene Polatajko, history and relevant clinical populations. The website also includes other resources.

Facilitating Coaching

This document explains the steps for an effective coaching process, as well as provides example questions of coaching questions to pose to clients and caregivers 

In this podcast, Kimberly Charles shares how IEP teams and parents of autistic children can work together to benefit their children’s educational experiences 

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