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Research Article  |   June 1982
Use of Taxonomies to Sequence Clinical Objectives
Author Affiliations
  • Joyce W. Sparling, LPT, is a graduate student in the Occupational Therapy Division at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Marlys M. Mitchell, Ph.D., OTR, is Director, Occupational Therapy Division, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Features
Research Article   |   June 1982
Use of Taxonomies to Sequence Clinical Objectives
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1982, Vol. 36, 388-395. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.6.388
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1982, Vol. 36, 388-395. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.6.388
Abstract

This paper describes the use of four educational taxonomies in establishing a task grid for guiding and determining sequential learning opportunities and activities for the developmentally delayed child and for treatment planning for team members working with the child. It describes a three-dimensional grid that includes learners, areas of learning, and levels of learning. To clarify the use of this model, the grid has been applied to feeding intervention with the delayed child. Use of the task grid suggests three factors are needed in intervention with the developmentally delayed child: 1. objectives should be stated for all domains of learning since learning occurs concurrently in different areas; 2. activities should be sequenced not only for the child but also for all those directly involved with the child, since all are involved in the learning process; and 3. analytical behavior should be stimulated in the therapist so that theory-based practice can be realized.