Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Julie Grabanski

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to develop educational materials for the UND occupational therapy (OT) program to address cognitive strategies for intervention across populations.

Methods: A literature review was conducted to determine the need for our product. The review of literature included the role of OT in functional cognition, use of cognitive intervention strategies with populations, and specific frames of references used in OT practice settings. It was found that new OT practitioners did not feel prepared to address cognitive deficits across populations when moving from one setting to another.

Results: The Adult Learning Theory was used to create our product, Educational Materials for Implementation of Cognitive Interventions Across Practice Settings, for the UND OT program. These education materials include PowerPoint presentations, case studies, and discussion questions. The educational materials provide students with an intuitive, organized system designed to increase understanding of concepts. The result is an enhanced ability to implement cognitive intervention strategies in practice.

Conclusions & Significance: The literature has shown a lack of consensus amongst occupational therapists regarding the application of cognitive strategies in interventions for individuals of varying of diagnoses. By providing a product with detailed guidelines and easy to use lesson plans, students will effectively learn to tailor cognitive interventions to each individual client, regardless of their diagnosis. This product will enhance the UND OT program by equipping students with evidence-based skills in cognitive intervention. One limitation of this product is that it has not been implemented in a classroom setting.

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