When selecting a specific sensorimotor approach what are the factors to consider?
- The patients strengths & weaknesses, the therapist's preference, & the philosophy of a particular treatment setting.
- 1st examine motor performance skills within the context of a functional activity.
An example would be, when observing a pt reach for a shirt hanging in a closet, the ot would assess the pt's ability to maintain balance while coordinating forward reach to retrieve the shirt.
While working together with OTA must demonstrate sufficient competence with knowledge & skills for safe application.
The OTA who these techniques can do so only with specific directions from the occupational therapist.
The OTA always must be thoroughly trained & properly supervised when he or she is using these techniques. Instruction about the nature of the technique, the specific procedure for application, the expected response, & possible risks & contraindications must be provided to the OTA by the OTR.