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Strength-Based Interventions Using the Model of Human Occupation

presented by Jane O’Brien

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Strength-based approaches lead to increased self-efficacy and self-determination, which enhances continued occupational performance. The Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) provides a framework to understand the strengths of children, their families, and the environment, which serves as a foundation to develop strength-based intervention plans. This presentation illustrates the use of MOHO, current theory, research evidence, and therapeutic reasoning to implement a strength-based approach for children and youth. Case examples highlight practical strategies to apply MOHO principles in occupational therapy practice with children and youth.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jane O’Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Jane Clifford O’Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England, Portland, Maine. She received a master of science in occupational therapy at Boston University and a doctorate in public health with a concentration in the neurobehavioral basis of motor control from the University of South Carolina. Clinically, Dr. O’Brien has over 20 years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home health, outpatient pediatric centers, and a diagnostic center. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Dr. O’Brien has conducted research and presented on issues such as play and playfulness, motor control and motor learning, assistive technology, therapeutic reasoning, fitness and nutrition programs, and the application of the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric practice. She has an extensive publication history in examining the issues of children with disabilities, including numerous journal articles, book chapters, and four textbooks (Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, and Occupational Analysis and Group Process).

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  1. Strength-Based Approaches

    1. Strength-Based Approaches

    This chapter provides an overview of the benefits of a strength-based approach to occupational therapy practice for children and youth.

  2. Model of Human Occupation

    2. Model of Human Occupation

    This chapter provides an overview of the Model of Human Occupation, including the principles for intervention, which serves as the basis for the therapeutic reasoning of the case example.

  3. Strategies to Promote Strength-Based Intervention

    3. Strategies to Promote Strength-Based Intervention

    This chapter provides a summary of strategies that practitioners may use to promote strength-based intervention.