Title

Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science: Past and Future

Presenter Information

Don Gordon

Start Time

29-10-2004 2:30 PM

End Time

29-10-2004 4:00 PM

Abstract

The history of occupational therapy as generally understood is conspicuously without any reference to the role of science in the founders’ vision of occupational therapy. However, the founders understood the clear need to delineate a scientific basis for understanding the healing power of occupation in terms of both the present and the future of the fledgling profession. This presentation will explore the science of the early years of the profession, as well as consider the goals for a science of understanding occupation and its therapeutic effect. While different in many ways, the goals for a science of occupational therapy in the era of the founders is not completely unlike the goals of occupational science today.

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Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science: Past and Future

The history of occupational therapy as generally understood is conspicuously without any reference to the role of science in the founders’ vision of occupational therapy. However, the founders understood the clear need to delineate a scientific basis for understanding the healing power of occupation in terms of both the present and the future of the fledgling profession. This presentation will explore the science of the early years of the profession, as well as consider the goals for a science of understanding occupation and its therapeutic effect. While different in many ways, the goals for a science of occupational therapy in the era of the founders is not completely unlike the goals of occupational science today.