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Occupation Participation Sort: Adolescent and Young Adult

1 January 2011


Outside In (OI) has partnered with Pacific University School of occupational therapy over the last 3 years to provide students a unique population to work with to develop innovative practice projects.

An occupational therapy program was developed at OI by Jody Victoria, OTR/L, who also serves as the Queer Zone coordinator to evaluate and provide assistance in all areas of the youth’s life including self-care, work or school pursuits, leisure interests, and social participation. Assessment tools commonly used include the Cognistat, Allen Cognitive Level Screen, Occupational Self Assessment, and Sensory Profile. These researchers had a strong interest in using the Activity Card Sort (ACS) as an additional assessment tool because it provides valuable information in a way that is more enjoyable to clients than other traditional assessments. The most suitable version to use was the adult ACS, though it appears to be targeting the older adult population and does not specifically address the activities that a young adult would engage in. With the help of the youth at OI, an adolescent and young adult assessment called the Occupation Participation Sort (OPS) was developed to ensure that the social and cultural activities of this age group are addressed appropriately, as well as the inclusion of all areas of occupation.


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