CE Article - The Virtual Context of Occupation: Integrating Everyday Technology Into Everyday Practice
Douglas R. Rakoski, MA, OTR/L, ATP and Robert C. Ferguson, OTR/L
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
The virtual context is increasingly pervasive in everyday technology and as part of our everyday occupations. Yet it does not appear to be fully understood or used in everyday occupational therapy practice. This article reviews the history of technology in occupational therapy and seeks to refine the understanding of the virtual context and technology in relation to occupation and occupational therapy practice, with the aim of increasing occupationally based treatment options in the clinic. The article also examines current and potential uses of everyday technology in occupational therapy and how it can help clients achieve their goals.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Define the concepts of technology and occupational technology
- Differentiate between assistive technology and therapeutic technology.
- Classify different types of technology as low, middle, or high.
- Define and recognize examples of the virtual context of occupation.
- Select examples of how traditional and contemporary treatment approaches can be integrated through the use of everyday technology.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistant
Rakoski, D., Ferguson, R., (2013). The Virtual Context of Occupation: Integrating Everyday Technology Into Everyday Practice. OT Practice, 18(5), CE-1–CE-8