Occupational Therapy for Children

Occupational Therapy for Children

Occupational Therapy for Children

Occupational Therapy for Children


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR CHILDREN, Mosby's top selling Occupational Therapy book and a market leader, has been fully updated for the 4th Edition with many new features. It maintains its focus on children at many ages and stages in development, comprehensively addressing both treatment techniques and diagnoses in all settings. The 4th Edition builds on the existing strengths of the text, with improvements in the individual organization of each chapter, a greater overall consistency, updated photos and illustrations, the addition of a second color to clarify and improve the visual interest of the book, more case studies, and expanded and revised information on many topics. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR CHILDREN continues in its reputation as a dependable and outstanding source for occupational therapy undergraduate students, graduate level students, and practitioners.


One measure of civilization is the value it places on its children. Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, the editor of the fourth edition of Occupational Therapy for Children, has combined her expertise with that of colleagues to create a comprehensive introduction to pediatric occupational therapy that reflects this valuing of children. The book, although designed specifically as a pcdiatric text for entry-level students, is equally useful as a resource for practicing therapists.

The strengths of this text include its comprehensiveness, its overall organization, and the study aids included in each chapter. The book lays the foundation for occupational therapy practice and identifies the broad knowledge base required for this endeavor. Building on this foundation, the book progresses logically from assessment through intervention with specific foci on postural control, hand function, visual perception, psychosocial and emotional development, feeding and oral motor skills, self-care and adaptation for independent living, play, handwriting, augmentative communication and computer access, and mobility. Specific strengths in content that merit emphases arc the attention to the psychosocial development and needs of children, the use of technology to increase function, the importance of families and others in the child's system through the continuing process of adaptation, and the legislation that is relevant to children with disabilities and their families.

The book's concluding section on arenas of pediatric occupational therapy practice is addressed from a developmental perspective. This section provides integrative function, facilitating understanding of the therapy process starting in the neonatal intensive care unit, progressing through early intervention and preschool and school programs, and appropriately concluding with the transitioning from school to adult life. For pediatric therapists this longitudinal perspective assists with understanding a child's program within the context of the child's past, present, and future.

Understanding of the needs of students when using a textbook is reflected in the editor's careful inclusion of study aids in each chapter. Key terms, chapter objectives, and study questions arc strategically offered to guide learning and provide opportunities to apply and integrate knowledge.

The editor has coordinated the efforts of an impressive group of authors, reflecting a broad range of expertise in pediatric practice. The diverse and rich contributions of these individuals are organized logically and meaningfully so that this knowledge can be used by students and therapists who work daily to facilitate the potential of children to play, to care for themselves, and to work. The fourth edition of Occupational Therapy for Children reflects caring, empowering, and respect. It is a treasure for occupational therapists and for children with disabilities and their families.

Jean Deitz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
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