Adaptation Through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives

Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L; Angela Boisselle, PhD, OTR
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Adaptation, as an internal human process, is an often-overlooked construct in occupational therapy education, research, and practice. Adaptation Through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives aims to change that by presenting different perspectives that challenge the reader’s understanding of occupational adaptation. As the first of its kind text to explore, analyze, and present a comprehensive and multidimensional approach to understanding occupational adaptation, the collection of writings in this text add to the range of knowledge available in occupational therapy.
 Adaptation Through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives by Drs. Lenin Grajo and Angela Boisselle provides in-depth perspectives of occupation and adaptation that can be used to teach courses on foundational and theoretical perspectives in occupational therapy, occupational science undergraduate and graduate programs, and as a critical module in teaching Neuroscience to occupational therapy students. This text also aims to facilitate new bodies of research to define and apply the concept of adaptation in relation to occupational performance and participation.
Some perspectives covered inside include:
  • Historical and theoretical perspectives on occupation and adaptation
  • Neural mechanisms of occupational adaptation
  • Occupational science perspectives and international and lived-experience perspectives
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Adaptation Through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives opens the gates for new ways of understanding occupational adaptation and adds necessary information to the existing knowledge in the occupational therapy profession.

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About the Editors

Contributing Authors

Foreword by Sally W. Schultz, PhD, OT, LPC-S


Section I          Conceptual Evolution of Occupational Adaptation


                                Angela K. Boisselle, PhD, OTR, ATP
                                Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L

Chapter 1               Defining the Construct of Occupational Adaptation

                                Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L
                                Angela K. Boisselle, PhD, OTR, ATP
                                Elaina DaLomba, PhD, MSW, OTR/L


Chapter 2               Adaptation as a Measure of Occupational Participation

                                Lorrie George-Paschal, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
                                Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L


Section II        Neuroscience Perspectives on Occupational Adaptation


                                Angela K. Boisselle, PhD, OTR, ATP
                                Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L

Chapter 3               Neural Basis of Adaptation: Neuroplasticity and Movement Sciences
                                Dawn M. Nilsen, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
                                Angela K. Boisselle, PhD, OTR, ATP

Chapter 4               Neural Basis of Adaptation: Motivation, Intention, Resilience, and Goal-Directed Behaviors

                                Katherine Dimitropoulou, PhD, OTR
                                Mary Frances Baxter, PhD, OT, FAOTA

Section III       Occupational Adaptation in Occupational Therapy Theories and Models


                               Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L
                                Angela K. Boisselle, PhD, OTR, ATP

Chapter 5               Occupational Adaptation as a Normative and Intervention Process: New Perspectives on Schkade and Schultz’s Professional Legacy

                                Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L

Chapter 6               Formation of Identity and Occupational Competence: Occupational Adaptation in the Model of Human Occupation

                                Patricia Bowyer, EdD, MS, OTR, FAOTA

Chapter 7               Adaptation From a Sensory Processing Perspective

                               Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L
                                Winifred Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Chapter 8               Adaptation as a Transaction With the Environment: Perspectives From the Ecology of Human Performance Model

                               Evan E. Dean, PhD, OTR
                                Anna Wallisch, PhD, OTR/L
                                Winifred Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Section IV       Occupational Adaptation in Occupational Science


                                Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L
                                Angela K. Boisselle, PhD, OTR, ATP

Chapter 9               An Occupational Science Perspective on Occupation, Adaptation, and Participation

                                Rebecca M. Aldrich, PhD, OTR/L
                                Kendra Heatwole Shank, PhD, OTR/L

Chapter 10            The Lived Experience of Occupational Adaptation: Adaptation in the Wake of Adversity, Life Transitions, and Change

                                Mandy Stanley, PhD

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“This is the first comprehensive book to explore occupational adaptation. The authors provide an excellent basis for their audience to gain knowledge of
adaptation through distinctive representations that are foundational for occupational therapy and occupational science. This is an exemplary book that
will continue to provide layers of professional reflection across the span of one's career.”

               - Yvonne M. Randall, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Doody's Review Service

About the Editors

Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) in the Programs in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, NY. A pediatric occupational therapist by practice, he is a strong advocate of evidence-informed, occupation-based, theory-guided, client-centered, and occupational justice–promoting occupational therapy service provision.
Dr. Grajo is elected Chairperson of the Education Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a voting member of the Commission on Education of AOTA from 2016-2019. He is a multi-awarded educator who has taught in the Philippines and the United States.
Angela K. Boisselle, PhD, OTR, ATP, has 18 years’ experience as a pediatric occupational therapist and assistive technologist. She currently works at Cook Children’s Health Plan as the Therapy Supervisor of Utilization Management. Her practice and research background include pediatric complex care, occupational adaptation, neuromuscular diseases, creativity, international occupational therapy, and assistive technology.
Dr. Boisselle is active with the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and World Health Organization Global Cooperative on Assistive Technology (GATE). Dr. Boisselle has also served as a research consultant with University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering Department since 2009. She has collaborated on several projects, including robotics, human computer interaction, and virtual rehabilitation.