Ryan's Occupational Therapy Assistant: Principles, Practice Issues, and Techniques, Fifth Edition

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
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A renowned and cornerstone text for the occupational therapy assistant for more than 30 years is now available in an updated Fifth Edition.
Continuing with a student-friendly format, the classic Ryan’s Occupational Therapy Assistant: Principles, Practice Issues, and Techniquescontinues to keep pace with the latest developments in occupational therapy, including the integration of key concepts from key documents for the occupational therapy profession, such as:
  • AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, Third Edition
  • ACOTE Standards
  • Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards
  • Guidelines for Supervision, Roles, and Responsibilities During the Delivery of Occupational Therapy Services
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)
Building on the legacy work of Sally E. Ryan, Dr. Karen Sladyk presents more than 45 chapters in the Fifth Edition of Ryan’s Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Using actual client examples, occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students are guided throughout the process of learning various principles and disabilities to applying that knowledge in a clinical setting.
What is new inside the Fifth Edition:
  • Two new chapters included in the Occupations and Disabilities section on Downs syndrome and diabetes and bipolar disorder
  • Updates of each chapter throughout
  • New evidence-based practice and supportive research throughout
  • New color interior design throughout
  • Updated references throughout
Instructors in educational settings can visit www.efacultylounge.com for additional materials to be used for teaching in the classroom.
Ryan’s Occupational Therapy Assistant, Fifth Edition includes a variety of treatment techniques that help students understand how to choose and when to implement certain procedures.  Group intervention, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, basic splinting, wellness and health promotion, and work injury activities are examples of the techniques presented.
This Fifth Edition also includes specific chapters about evidence-based practice and understanding research. Chapters on supervision, functional ethics, and professional development are examples geared toward educating OTA students on how to manage different aspects of their early career.
A core text for students aspiring to become successful OTAs for more than 30 years, Ryan’s Occupational Therapy Assistant: Principles, Practice Issues, and Techniques, Fifth Edition is the leading textbook to have throughout one’s education and early career.

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About the Editors
Current Contributors 
Section I Historical, Philosophical, and Theoretical Principles
Chapter 1 Looking Back, Living Forward: Occupational Therapy History 
Robert K. Bing, EdD, OTR, FAOTA and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 2 The Occupational Therapy Assistant Heritage: Proud and Dynamic 
Shirley Holland Carr, MS, LOTR, FAOTA and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 3 Philosophy and Core Values in Occupational Therapy 
Phillip D. Shannon, MA, MPA
Chapter 4 Human Development 
Carol Winters-Smith, PhD
Chapter 5 Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process—Our Language 
Ben Atchison, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 6 Activity Analysis: Our Tool 
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 7 Theory That Guides Practice: Our Map 
Diane K. Dirette, PhD, OT
Chapter 8 Therapeutic Intervention Process 
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired
Chapter 9 Occupation: An Individual’s Choice 
Bonnie Brooks, MEd, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 10 Teaching and Learning 
Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Section II Occupations and Disabilities 
Chapter 11 A Young Child With Visual Impairments 
Angela E. Scoggin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Dickson Rodriguez, MA-CVRT, OTR;
Mary Kathryn Cowan, MA, OTR, FAOTA; and Patricia K. Benham, MPH, OTR

Chapter 12 A Toddler With an Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR, FAOTA; Courtney Richards, MA, OTR/L; and
Bette Bonder, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chapter 13 A Kindergartner With Sensory Integration Dysfunction 
Heather Miller Kuhaneck, MS, OTR, BCP and Susanne Smith Roley, MS, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 14 Two Children With Cerebral Palsy 
Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR, FAOTA and Courtney Richards, MA, OTR/L
Chapter 15 A Second-Grader With Oppositional Defiant Disorder 
Linda Florey, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 16 A Third-Grader With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
Sue Gallagher, MA, OTR
Chapter 17 A 10-Year-Old “Magician” With Down Syndrome 
Lori Vaughn, OTD, OTR/L
Chapter 18 A Teenager With Depression 
Linda Florey, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 19 A Car Mechanic With Traumatic Brain Injury
Deanna Proulz-Sepelak, OTR and Paula Jo Belice, MS, OTR
Chapter 20 A Telephone Repairman With Spinal Cord Injury 
M. Laurita (Lita) Fike, MA, OTR; Karen Pendleton, MA, OTR; and Liane Hewitt, MPH, OTR
Chapter 21 A Teacher’s Aide With Schizophrenia
Margaret Drake, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Tonia Taylor, BS, COTA
Chapter 22 A Mother and Caterer With Multiple Sclerosis 
Lori T. Andersen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA and Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Chapter 23 A Self-Help Group Leader With Anxiety 
Margaret Drake, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Tonia Taylor, BS, COTA
Chapter 24 Three Picnickers Across the Age Span With Arthritis 
Lynda Bishop, MS, OTR
Chapter 25 A Cafeteria Worker With Diabetes and Bipolar Disorder 
Sylvia Sobocinski, MA, OTR/L
Chapter 26 A Plumber and Golfer With Total Hip Arthroplasty 
Dairlyn Gower, BAS, COTA/L and Marcia Bowker, OTR, CHT
Chapter 27 A Senior Homemaker With Substance Abuse 
Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR, FAOTA and Denise Rotert, MA, OTR
Chapter 28 A Businessman With a Stroke 
Martha Logigian, MS, OTR
Chapter 29 A Homemaker and Volunteer With Parkinson’s Disease 
Kathryn Melin Eberhardt, MAEd, COTA/L, ROH
Chapter 30 A Retired Librarian With Sensory Deficits 
Paula W. Jamison, PhD, OTR
Chapter 31 A Married Couple Dealing With Alzheimer’s Disease 
Carolyn M. Baum, PhD, OTR/C, FAOTA

Section III Treatment Techniques, Procedures, and Concepts 
Chapter 32 Group Intervention 
Roseanna Tufano, LMFT, OTR
Chapter 33 Arts and Crafts as Meaningful Occupation 
Margaret Drake, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 34 Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment 
Mary Kathryn Cowan, MA, OTR, FAOTA and Beth O’Sullivan, MPH, OTR
Chapter 35 Basic Splinting
Jaclyn M. West-Frasier, MA, OTR and Cynthia L. Vennix, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS 1
Chapter 36 Wellness and Health Promotion 
Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 37 Life Skills 
Denise Rotert, MA, OTR and Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 38 Activities of Daily Living 
Corina Hall, MS, OTR
Chapter 39 Work Injury Activities 
Barbara Larson, MA, OTR, FAOTA and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Section IV Management and Practice Issues 
Chapter 40 Evidence-Based Practice 
Paula Wright, MS, OTR
Chapter 41 Understanding Research
Sandy Bell, PhD, PT
Chapter 42 Documentation 
Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 43 Occupational Therapy Assistant Supervision 
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 44 The Occupational Therapy Assistant as Activity Director 
Sally E. Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired and Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 45 Functional Ethics 
S. Maggie Reitz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Chapter 46 Management Issues
Claudine Bogosian, MHA, OTR
Chapter 47 Professional Development 
Anne B. James, PhD and Marijke Thamm Kehrhahn, PhD


About the Editors

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA is professor and founding chair of OT at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in OT from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Community Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Her practice interests in mental health and cognitive rehabilitation led to her pursuit of a doctorate in Adult and Vocational Education at the University of Connecticut. An educator for 25 years, Karen is very interested in how students learn to become excellent practitioners. She has edited several OT texts with a focus on helping OT and OTA students master the content of OT education. In her free time she quilts, antiques for vintage jewelry, and travels to spend time with her nieces and nephews.
Sally E . Ryan, COTA, ROH, Retired is a graduate of the first occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at Duluth, Minnesota, in 1964. She has taken extensive coursework at the University of Minnesota as a James Wright Hunt Scholar, and at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul. Her background includes experience in practice, clinical education supervision, management in long-term care, consultation, and teaching in the professional occupational therapy (OT) program at the College of St. Catherine. In the past, Sally has served in a variety of leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels, including the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Executive Board and on-site evaluator of the AOTA Accreditation Committee. Sally is the recipient of numerous state and national awards. She was the first COTA to receive the AOTA Award of Excellence and was among the first recipients of the AOTA Roster of Honor. Sally has retired and is enjoying interior decorating, photography, needlework, and gardening.