Transitions to Adulthood for Youth With Disabilities Through an Occupational Therapy Lens
There has been a shift in thinking in recent years toward addressing the multiple transitions that youth with disabilities experience as they enter adulthood. Transitions to Adulthood for Youth With Disabilities Through an Occupational Therapy Lens explores a developmental lifecourse approach in relation to current occupational therapy models of practice.
In Transitions to Adulthood for Youth With Disabilities Through an Occupational Therapy Lens, Debra Stewart and 10 contributors provide occupational therapists with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for evidence-based services and supports to youth with lifelong disabilities during the transition to adulthood.
• Connects theory to practice by examining the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities through a conceptual lens
• Detailed description and clinical application of the McMaster Lens for Occupational Therapists©
• Five chapters dedicated to different perspectives on transitions to adulthood for those with a physical disability, learning disability, developmental disability, mental illness, or chronic illness/obesity
• Five areas of occupational performance relevant to adult transitions which include postsecondary education, employment, community involvement, independent living, and socialization/leisure
In this text, a framework of a lens connects theory and practice in a simple and effective way. An extensive review of current evidence about the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities is provided, including theoretical concepts, models, and recent research findings. The final chapter presents recommendations for future occupational therapy practice, education, and research in this field.
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Transitions to Adulthood for Youth With Disabilities Through an Occupational Therapy Lens will be a pivotal resource for occupational therapy students in entry level and graduate programs, as well as faculty, researchers, and practicing clinicians working with adolescents and young adults.
About the Editor
Chapter 1 Transition to Adulthood for Youth With Disabilities:
Evidence to Support Occupational Therapy Practice
Debra Stewart, MSc, OT Reg (Ont)
Chapter 2 The McMaster Lens for Occupational Therapists: Linking
Theory to Practice
Mary Law, PhD, OT (C), FCAOT, FCAHS
Chapter 3 Transitions From Parents’ Home to Independent Living Arrangements
for Youth With Physical Disabilities
Andrea Morrison, BSc OT Reg (Ont); Karen Margallo, MClSc (OT); and Matt Freeman
Chapter 4 Community Participation Through Work Experience for Youth
With Developmental Disabilities
Linda Armour, BSc; Jan Burke-Gaffney; and Debra Stewart, MSc, OT Reg (Ont)
Chapter 5 Transition to Post-Secondary Education for Youth With Learning
Disabilities Using Assistive Technology
Baljit Samrai, MSc, BSc, BHSc, OT Reg (Ont); Kim Carey, Hons B Kin, MSc, OT; and
Christy Taberner, BSc, OT Reg (Ont)
Chapter 6 Employment Transitions for Youth With Mental Health Issues
Sandra Moll, PhD, OT Reg (Ont) and Kevin Tregunno
Chapter 7 Socialization and Leisure Pursuits for Youth Living With Obesity
as the Result of a Complex Health Condition
Mary Forhan, PhD, OT Reg (Ont) and Grace Herron
Chapter 8 Future Directions in Practice and Research: Our Own Transitions
Debra Stewart, MSc, OT Reg (Ont)
About the Authors
Debra Stewart, MSc, OT Reg (Ont), is an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy program in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She is also a co-investigator at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, which is also at McMaster University. Her primary research interests include the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities, and the use of the International Classification of Function Disability and Health from the World Health Organization. She has been the principal investigator for a number of research studies on the transition to adulthood including the development of best practice guidelines in Ontario; development and evaluation of a Youth KIT; and a Canadian study of the transitional tensions facing youth with disabilities.