Caregivers--Training of--United States; Cerebrovascular disease--Patients--United States; Caregivers--United States; Cerebrovascular disease--Treatment; Vocational qualifications; Employability
It is common for stroke survivors to have cognitive and/or perceptual deficits that negatively impact their participation in meaningful occupations (Bowen, Knapp, Gillespie, Nicolson, & Vail, 2011). In addition, many people are unable to recognize these deficits, which decreases the likelihood that they will use strategies needed to overcome deficits and improve occupational performance. In order to successfully teach compensatory and remedial strategies to improve functional performance, occupational therapists must help their clients gain a more realistic understanding of their deficits, also known as awareness (Ekstam, Uppgard, Kottorp, & Tham, 2007). A manual was created to educate occupational therapy students about impaired awareness following a stroke and to provide students with assessments, intervention strategies, and home program ideas to improve self-awareness in clients receiving services at the on-site clinic at University of Puget Sound. A pilot study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the manual; 100 percent of students who piloted the manual demonstrated increased knowledge of awareness deficits and indicated that the manual was helpful to use during intervention sessions.
Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD., OTR/L
Sue Doyle, PhD, OTR/L
Date of Completion
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound