Upper-Extremity Task-Specific Training After Stroke or Disability
Drawing on decades of clinical research and practice, this practical manual describes how to effectively integrate task-specific training into occupational therapy and physical therapy interventions. Included are 100 self-care, productivity, and leisure task examples, each of which describes the key impairments that the task addresses, materials needed to perform the task, ways to make the task more or less difficult, how to determine task mastery, and ideas for related tasks.
Highlights include assessing sensorimotor impairments; matching goals with specific tasks; grading tasks to challenge motor capabilities; selecting complementary tasks; and making adaptations for people with pain, ataxia, apraxia, and hemispatial neglect. This manual promotes client-centered care, encouraging practitioners to match clients' motor capabilities, goals, and interests to specific, challenging tasks. Comprehensive and practical, this work guides allied health practitioners in every aspect of task-specific training.