Occupational and Activity Analysis, Third Edition

Heather Thomas, PhD, OTR/L
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Newly updated to reflect the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, Fourth Edition (OTPF-4), Occupational and Activity Analysis, Third Edition outlines the process of conducting occupational and activity analyses for occupational therapy students and clinicians.

Occupational therapy practitioners use occupations and activities not only as a goal but also as a treatment medium, so understanding both the uniqueness of a client’s occupations and how an activity can be used therapeutically is essential. This text is an introduction to both realms, first by explaining the process by which to peel back the layers of an occupation or activity to reveal its intricacy and then examining how to use this information for evaluation and intervention.

Dr. Heather Thomas has updated Occupational and Activity Analysis, Third Edition to reflect the significant changes made to the activity analysis process and terminology in the OTPF-4. Conducting either an occupational or activity analysis investigates not only what is required for full participation but also looks at the meaning ascribed to it by the people, groups, or communities engaging in it and how personal and environmental contexts impact participation.

What’s new and included in the Third Edition:
  • Chapters throughout the text have been updated to reflect the changes in the OTPF-4.
  • Updated educational standards set by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) for doctoral and master’s level and occupational therapy assistant programs.
  • Additional cases and relevant clinical examples.
  • Updated tables, boxes, and figures throughout.
  • Expanded section on communication management.
  • Appendices containing updated occupational and activity analysis forms.
  • Example of a full activity analysis.
  • Updated and added photos to help students understand concepts.
Instructors in educational settings can visit www.efacultylounge.com for forms, videos, and PowerPoint presentations to be used for teaching in the classroom. 

As a foundational skill, occupational and activity analysis is utilized throughout students’ careers and into their lives as practitioners, making Occupational and Activity Analysis, Third Edition the perfect textbook for the occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant student, faculty, or clinician.

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Chapter 1            What Is Occupational and Activity Analysis?
Chapter 2            Step 1: Determining What Is Being Analyzed
Chapter 3            Step 2: Determining the Relevance and Importance
Chapter 4            Step 3: Determining Object, Space, and Social Demands
Chapter 5            Step 4: Determining the Sequencing and Timing Demands
Chapter 6            Step 5: Determining Required Body Functions
Chapter 7            Step 6: Determining Required Body Structures
Chapter 8            Step 7: Determining Required Performance Skills
Chapter 9            Occupational and Activity Analysis for Evaluation, Intervention Planning, and Outcomes
Appendix A        Activity Analysis Form
Appendix B        Occupational Analysis Form
Appendix C        Completed Activity Analysis Form

About the Editors

Heather Thomas, PhD, OTR/L, is a professor at Southern California University in La Habra, California. She began teaching activity analysis in 2004 at Loma Linda University. After obtaining her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California in 1998, she studied health care administration at Touro University International in Cypress, California, and gained her PhD in health science in 2011. Dr. Thomas’s clinical work focuses on the adult in acute and acute rehabilitation settings. From 2000 to 2002, she was director of the Casa Colina Assistive Technology Center, and from 2007 to 2008, she served as director of Occupational Therapy Services at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona, California. She has served in multiple leadership roles within the American Occupational Therapy Association, Occupational Therapy Association of California, and the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon. She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally. Expanding occupational therapy’s reach into underserved areas, she has volunteered in Haiti to work with those who were injured during the earthquake of 2010 and then helped develop a rehabilitation technician program in that country. A yoga instructor for many years, she now enjoys practicing yoga at home, snow skiing, gardening, teaching, and learning new occupations.