Sexuality and Occupational Therapy: Strategies for Persons With Disabilities
Edited by Bernadette Hattjar, DrOT, MEd, OTR/L, CWCE
"I am thrilled to see this topic addressed so openly and empathetically. This will be a wonderful addition to the current body of knowledge."
—Kristine Haertl, PhD, OTR/L, Professor, St. Catherine University
Sexual activity is a valued occupation among most people, and many clients who experience an injury or disease would still like to pursue it. Although sexuality is an ADL not often addressed in occupational therapy settings or educational programs, occupational therapy practitioners are ideally suited to attend to this issue. Reflecting the profession's focus on occupation and its holistic spirit, Sexuality and Occupational Therapy aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge and strategies to discuss the topic with clients.
This text discusses sexuality in relation to some of the most common diagnoses and conditions affecting occupational therapy clients, including
- Spinal cord injury
- Cardiac conditions
- Traumatic brain injury
- Mental health and developmental disorders
- Adolescents with disabilities.
Sexuality and Occupational Therapy seeks to fill the void in clinical and educational settings on the topic of sexuality, preparing practitioners to effectively assess and intervene with various populations facing challenges in sexual activity.