O'Sullivan, Grace, New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy
The articles in this issue of the Journal cover some interesting topics. Presented in reverse chronology (often we go from youngest to oldest, this time we are going from oldest to youngest), Dorrestein and Hocking consider the ways in which occupational therapy can be used to maximize opportunities for older people who live in residential care to participate in daily activities, and thus enhance their quality of life. The focus is on the provision of choices that will make life more meaningful. Brown, Morrison, and Stagnitti explore the similarities and differences between the occupational therapy assessment tools used to address sensory problems which impact on school aged children's occupational performance. The knowledge derived from assessing a child's sensory needs improves understanding of the root causes of what may be classed as behavioural problems. A case study from Scaletti and Hocking, describes the use of story telling as a means of understanding how traumatic events may affect children. Stories are the therapeutic medium used to help children to relate experiences of grief and loss.
The final article in this edition has been taken from the archives, circa 1960s. The vintage paper is one of the very early papers exploring approaches to therapy for children. The article describes the methods used to 'treat' children deemed to be delinquent. …