MSc Occupational Therapy
Module Title OT6041: Occupational Analysis Module Co-ordinator Dr. Nancy Salmon
Student number 0405531
Student Year 2013/14
Word Count 1511words
24th September 2013
Occupational Analysis Occupational therapy focuses on helping people to participate in daily life activities they find meaningful. ‘The goal of activity analysis is to understand as much as possible about an activity, including the particular skills required to do it competently and it’s relation to participation in the world at large’ (Cynkin 1995). Activity analysis also looks at the activity demands and performance skill. Activity demands include aspects such as the objects typically used, the space and social demands of the activity, and the specific skills required to carry it out (AOTA 2008). Aspects of occupational Therapy’s Domain:
(Commission on Practice (2008) Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2 ed.)
The Activity Teaching is a basic skill for all practising occupational therapist. For effective teaching, an occupational therapist must be able to recognise the learning needs of his/her client or group and to have an understanding of the activity being taught. (Pendleton & Schultz-Krohn, 2006) The activity we chose to teach to the class was a mindfulness meditation. We classified this under instrumental activities of daily living. We felt that it could be part of health management and maintenance. ‘Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose in the present moment and nonjudgmentally’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn 2007). Research has shown that by investing a few minutes each day, anyone can learn this form of mental training and incorporate it into daily life to help decrease anxiety, depression and exhaustion.
‘We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer,...