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CE Article: Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO–OP) Approach: Evidence-Based, Occupation-Centered Intervention for Children
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SKU: CEA0720

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2019

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Diana Gantman Kraversky, OTD, MS, OTR/L, AP

Department of Occupational Therapy

Center for Graduate Studies West Coast University

Los Angeles, CA



Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)



Cognitive interventions, although rooted in psychology and education, have been widely used in occupational therapy (OT) practice. Currently, to support children and adolescents in meeting occupational performance goals, occupational therapists often employ such cognitive approaches as the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO–OP; Dawson et al., 2017; Polatajko & Mandich, 2004; Polatajko et al., 2001). CO–OP is a performance-based occupation-centered intervention that promotes skill acquisition and facilitates engagement in meaningful occupations for children and youth with occupational performance deficits. Emerging evidence supports its use with a variety of populations, including children with mild autism (Czmowski et al., 2014; Phelan et al., 2009; Rodger & Vishram, 2010), cerebral palsy (Jackman et al., 2014), and traumatic brain injury (TBI; Missiuna et al., 2010), and adults with TBI (Dawson et al., 2009) and stroke (McEwen et al., 2010; Skidmore et al., 2011). This article provides realistic, useful techniques to implement CO–OP in daily practice as an occupation-centered intervention approach with children that promotes skill acquisition and transfer for occupational performance in diverse contexts and environments.


Learning Objectives

1. Discuss essential elements and key features of CO–OP

2. Describe session format and methods used during the CO–OP implementation process

3. Discuss expected outcomes associated with CO–OP

4. Identify how the CO–OP approach could be modified without compromising fidelity to meet clients’ needs

5. Identify strategies to incorporate the CO–OP approach into the occupational therapy intervention process


Learning Level: Intermediate to Advanced


Target Audience: Occupational Therapy Practitioners