Neuropsychology for Occupational Therapists: Cognition in Occupational Performance
Description The third edition of this successful textbook is written primarily for undergraduate students of occupational therapy, and for practitioners working in the field of cognitive rehabilitation.
Those in other health and related professions, who work in the field of brain injury, will gain an understanding of how cognition and its impairment can affect behaviour. The content of the second edition has been expanded and updated to reflect advances in neuropsychology, and to incorporate an evidence based consideration of occupational therapy practice.
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Written in a clear and user-friendly style, this book provides a basic guide to normal cognition. The impact of cognitive impairments upon everyday living is explored and guidance is given upon the planning and implementation of rehabilitation to optimise occupational performance. Back cover copy The third edition of this successful textbook is written primarily for undergraduate students of occupational therapy, and for practitioners working in the field of cognitive rehabilitation.
Role of Occupational therapy in Assessing Functional Cognition
In Part 1, theoretical frameworks are introduced and guide an analysis of the relationship between cognition and occupational performance. The occupational therapy process is applied to cognitive rehabilitation, with a consideration of treatment approaches and methods of assessment and intervention. Part 2 outlines the theoretical background to cognitive function together with the effects of brain injury.
Chapter by chapter, each of the major elements of cognition is presented, together with the impairments that may arise from brain injury. This combined approach to the study of cognition is supported by case studies. Suggestions for assessment and intervention are provided, relating back to the occupational therapy process described in Part 1.
Chapter 1. Occupation and Cognitive Rehabilitation.
Chapter 2. Identifying and assessing cognitive impairments. Chapter 3. Intervention for cognitive impairments.
PART 2 Components and disorders of cognition. Chapter 4. Cognition, methods and processes. Chapter 5. Visual perception, recognition and agnosia.
Neuropsychology for Occupational Therapists : Cognition in Occupational Performance
Chapter 6. Spatial abilities, construction, body scheme and finding the way. For Medicare beneficiaries, early detection by occupational therapists of performance-based cognitive impairments also facilitates the selection of the most appropriate care setting, with an eye toward client-centered discharge options and effective, efficient caregiver identification, support, and training.
The many everyday tasks that must be performed for optimal and independent living include managing medication, ensuring home safety, cooking, maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors, and facilitating positive social interactions. Traditional neuropsychological evaluative measures were developed to localize individual cognitive abilities, such as selective attention, verbal memory, inhibition, and processing.
In contrast, PBT reports how a person interacts with the environment to accomplish an activity. Occupational therapists use everyday activities that have high potential to engage the clients because these tasks inherently prime clients due to familiar contextual cues.
Neuropsychology for Occupational Therapists : June I. Grieve :
Functional cognition is used to plan for post-discharge level of functioning, including self-care and personally valued roles, routines, and activities. The occupational therapy assessment contributes to identifying appropriate levels of care and appropriate resources to reduce caregiver burden, and it contributes to reduced hospital readmissions and increased safety at discharge. AOTA has been working with a technical panel of occupational therapy members who are experts in functional cognition and performance based cognitive assessment.
The research and resulting data available through these AOTA member experts can assist CMS in considering how to best capture functional cognition and related cognitive impairments for patients being treated in post-acute care settings, consistent with the objectives of the IMPACT Act.
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