Activity Analysis: Application to Occupation

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To respond to the renewed focus by the occupational therapy profession upon occupation, the fifth edition of Activity Analysis and Application has been updated and renamed to reflect this latest emphasis. While Activity Analysis: Application to Occupation, Fifth Edition maintains the sequential process of learning activity analysis, this step-by-step approach now helps students analyze activity for the purpose of optimizing the client's occupational performance.

Gayle Hersch, Nancy Lamport, and Margaret Coffey successfully guide students through the development of clinical reasoning skills critical to planning a client's return to meaningful engagement in valued occupations. The authors utilize a straightforward teaching approach that allows students to progress developmentally in understanding both the analysis and application of activity to client intervention.

The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, with a prominent focus on occupation as this profession's philosophical basis for practice, has been incorporated in the updated forms and explanations of the activity analysis approach.

Activity Analysis: Application to Occupation, Fifth Edition is a worthy contribution to the professional education of occupational therapists in furthering their understanding and application of activity and occupation.


  • The newly titled Client-Activity Intervention Plan that synthesizes the activity analysis into client application.
  • Objectives at the beginning of each unit.
  • Discussion questions and examples of daily life occupations.
  • A Web site including 5 forms where students and practitioners can download and print information for class assignments and clinical settings.

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The Dimensions of Activity
Activity Analysis for Expected Performance
Therapeutic Utilization of Activity
Activity Analysis for Therapeutic Intervention
The ClientActivity Intervention Plan
The Versatility of Activity
Utilizing Assistive Technology The Forms Web Site
Suggested Readings Prior to 1996
Suggested Readings From 1996 to 2003
Uniform Terminology for Reporting Occupational Therapy Services First Edition

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About the author (2005)

Gayle I. Hersch, PhD, OTR, is an Associate Professor with the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University. Her responsibilities are in the areas of teaching and research with master's and doctoral students. Her practice area is in gerontology with emphasis on Alzheimer's disease, stroke, caregiving, and home safety. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Woman's University, she was a faculty member of the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)*, Indianapolis, IN.

Nancy K. Lamport, MS, OTR is an Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, IUPUI*, Indianapolis, IN. Prior to her retirement, her teaching responsibilities included fundamentals of occupational therapy (activity analysis), activities of daily living, leisure activities, and media. Her interests now include travel, community volunteering, and Medieval English tiles.

Margaret S. Coffey, MA, COTA, ROH is the Activities Coordinator of Providence House, an assisted-living facility for memory impaired adults in South Bend, IN. She is a contributing writer for Spin-Off magazine and teaches occupational therapy concepts in hand spinning and weaving activities to the well population, She is a former lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, IUPUI*, Indianapolis, IN.

(*Formerly known as the Occupational Therapy Program, School of Allied Health Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.)

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