Penelope Moyers Cleveland; A Soufflé Vision. Am J Occup Ther 2010;64(6):841–847. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2010.64603
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This article was taken from Dr. Moyers Cleveland’s address given at the AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, held in Orlando, Florida, April 29–May 2, 2010.
In Orlando, I was introduced to the AOTA audience as American chef, author, and television personality Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her cookbooks and television programs. To underscore the metaphor of a soufflé representing the occupational therapy profession, I appeared onstage in an apron and holding a mixing bowl, pretending to be the great Julia Child.
Recognize problems in society germane to occupational therapy,
Determine how the problem impacts the health of a variety of populations, and
Tackle this societal problem and thereby design a big opportunity for the profession and our clients.
Loss of work has a cascading effect, disrupting daily routines, causing financial instability, weakening social connections, and diminishing self-worth by erasing a person’s work identity. Becoming unemployed begins a time period of uncertainty and change. It affects both men and women of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Increased stress, anxiety, and worrying about the ability to manage present difficulties and cope with the future unknowns can be overwhelming. But there are answers. Occupational therapy practitioners can provide support during this transition for workers and families and promote the process of regaining employment.
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults With Neurodegenerative Diseases (Forwell, 2006)
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury (Golisz, 2009)
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children With Behavioral and Psychosocial Needs (Jackson & Arbesman, 2005)
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals With Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Kaskutas & Snodgrass, 2009)
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults With Stroke (Sabari, 2008)
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults (Stav, Hunt, & Arbesman, 2006)
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents With Autism (Tomchek & Case-Smith, 2009).
Even though we are well into implementation, what key messages does the Centennial Vision continue to convey to you?
What still needs further clarification, explanation, or elaboration to keep successfully moving ahead?
What, if anything, is missing from our implementation plan that you believe is important to include?
What do we need to do that we have not already done to translate this Vision into action and make it a reality for you?
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