Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy: A Practical Approach
Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy: A Practical Approach provides a comprehensive overview of theories and frames of reference in occupational therapy. Unlike other texts, there are no distinctions between specialty areas, as current and developing theories are applied to a continuum of health and wellness for all populations across the lifespan. Practical guidelines are included to assist with evaluation and intervention strategies.
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As I read through this obtuse, poor excuse of "scientific" literature, I wonder if I should shoot the message or the messenger. I think this book spurs both.
First, the authors have a poor sense of pedagogical techniques. This is quite evident in chapter 2. They write in such an obfuscated manner, one wonders how anyone can read and understand the spaghetti like passages. I believe that intelligence is wrought not by overtly wordy ramblings, but by thoughts that are clear, concise and precise, and easy-to-follow. Chapter 2 is none of that.
Second, the authors introduce ideas and concepts without any proper definitions. They ramble on and on about historical ideas that influence today's occupational standards without even defining half the terminology or clarifying any of the concepts. In more rigorous subjects, such as math, one needs to DEFINE things first. In this book, ideas are haphazardly thrown in without much thought.
Third, I am beginning to have less respect for this profession as I read more new-age drivel and non-sense that is contained in this book. It makes me wonder about the intelligence of the authors. I don't quite know if it's the messenger or the message that should receive the full burden of my scorn. In Ch. 3, the authors discuss the concept of Chaos theory and complex systems. Oh my effing god did I want to punch some walls as I trudged through this utterly poor excuse of science. To be fair, the authors are simply relaying ideas from other "researchers" (I'm not even sure what they are, to be frank) in this field. However, they evidently draw conclusions from the idiocy that is Royeen--some OT researcher, I think. As an undergraduate student of mathematics, and a pretty good one at that, I do know some things about Chaos theory and non-linear complex dynamics. It pains me to see laymen utilize these very precise, mathematical ideas, without even knowing what they are truly about, and draw the most far-reaching, tenuous conclusions. It's sad. So sad, I can now see why OT's are always trying to justify their profession. First, the idea behind chaos theory CANNOT be used to unify SH!T, much less than unify divergent aspects of OS and OT. That is just pure idiocy speaking there. Second, chaos theory has very little to do with dependent variables, such as what this book believes, and more to do with systems of mathematical equations and their solutions. I could go on and on, but I digress: there have been many others who have idiotically fallen sway to the hype that has been built around Chaos theory. However, it's sad to see that my next chosen profession is based more on soft science (dare I say pseudoscience) than hard science. Sad indeed.