What is it about?

The model diagrams used in prominent occupational therapy appear as emblems of their theory and have not really changed since the 1980s/90s. This article looks at what knowledge came before and what went into the models. It calls for a complete overhaul and a return to 'what matters' in the moment for the people we work with in practice.

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Why is it important?

The diagrams associated with models and theories are not worthy representations of the profession.


Writing this article (and our other article published this year) has been enlightening to me in being able to challenge what perspectives are held up by the profession as important and what is neglected or overlooked in doing that. I presented thinking around this article at the 2018 Canadian Occupational Therapy Conference in Vancouver. What a pleasure that was to have so many therapists, academics, researchers and scholars come and listen to what I had to say.

Heleen Reid
Auckland University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: The making of occupation-based models and diagrams: History and semiotic analysis, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0008417419833413.
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