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Research Article  |   July 1987
An Occupational Therapy Program for Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Author Affiliations
  • Maureen E. Neistadt, MS, OTR/L, is Lecturer, Tufts University–Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Features
Research Article   |   July 1987
An Occupational Therapy Program for Adults With Developmental Disabilities
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1987, Vol. 41, 433-438. doi:10.5014/ajot.41.7.433
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1987, Vol. 41, 433-438. doi:10.5014/ajot.41.7.433
Abstract

This paper describes an occupational therapy independent living skills program for adults with developmental disabilities living in group homes. Four clients have participated in this program for 1 year. Verbal reports from house and workshop staffs and written documentation in the clients’ records were examined to see if the clients’ behaviors changed over the course of their first year in the program. These reports indicate that the clients have moved toward increased independence by showing greater initiative in directing their own care. Treatment issues in group home systems are also discussed.