CE Article: App-Based Mobile Devices in the Occupational Therapy Process
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SKU: CEA0917

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2017

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Kelly Erickson, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor, The College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

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


Clients have widespread access to application (app)-based mobile devices (AMDs), such as smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, and occupational therapy practitioners are reporting the benefits of using these devices to improve client performance. AMDs are applicable within occupational therapy given the extensive use of assistive technology in the profession. Research on AMD effectiveness is in the early stages because of the rapid development of this technology. Practitioners must be aware of maintaining client-centered practice and the need to consider their own competencies and professional obligations when using AMDs in the occupational therapy process. Although AMDs appear to be common because of their ease of access, practitioners must consider the complexities involved in their operating systems and functionality when implementing these devices therapeutically. This article discusses client factors and contextual considerations when using AMDs and provides suggestions for how occupational therapy practitioners may develop the skills needed to work with these emerging technologies.

­­­Learning Objectives:

1. Differentiate occupational therapy applications of AMDs from personal device use

2. Identify the need to enhance consumer health literacy as it pertains to AMD technology

3. Identify outcome assessments used to evaluate AMD technology needs of clients

4. Discuss evidence supporting the use of AMDs

5. Identify strategies to integrate technology into practice


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Target Audience:

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus:

OT Process: Intervention


Reference Information:

Erickson, Kelly (2017) App-Based Mobile Devices in the Occupational Therapy Process OT Practice, 22(17). CE-1–CE-8