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Research Article  |   October 1986
Occupational Therapy Treatment Goals for Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Author Affiliations
  • Maureen E. Neistadt, MS, OTR/L, is a lecturer at Tufts University–Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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Research Article   |   October 1986
Occupational Therapy Treatment Goals for Adults With Developmental Disabilities
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1986, Vol. 40, 672-678. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.10.672
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1986, Vol. 40, 672-678. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.10.672
Abstract

This study examined whether occupational therapists were using treatment time to prepare adults with developmental disabilities for independent living opportunities. Eighty-eight occupational therapy evaluations for 54 adults with developmental disabilities in 18 different community agencies in the Boston area were reviewed to ascertain the focus of treatment goals that reflect treatment approaches. Results indicate that remedial goals significantly outnumbered adaptive ones. Within the adaptive goals, self-care and community living skills were equally represented, but some important community skill areas like advocacy, money management, personal care attendant management, sexuality, and transportation received little or no attention. Implications of these findings for therapists, clients, and third-party payers are discussed.