Publications

The Texture of Life: Purposeful Activities in the Context of Occupation, 4th Edition

Edited by Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OT, BCP, FAOTA, and Marie-Louise Blount, AM, OT, FAOTA

This new edition presents a theoretical foundation for the idea of occupation, framed within historical and current practice and developed from within the occupational therapy profession. Using language from the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, updated chapters detail aspects of occupation such as activity analysis, activity synthesis, and clinical reasoning and explore how to apply activity across various settings.

Numerous case examples guide readers through the intervention process, providing clear, practical examples of activity-based occupational therapy. Exercises challenge students and practitioners to consider their own biases and perspectives, the unique set of circumstances that each client presents, and the most appropriate intervention strategy. Students and experienced practitioners alike can use this important resource to further develop their understanding of occupation, better articulate its complex nature, and apply its principles in the clinic.

Highlights include:
  • Occupation across the lifespan
  • Activity analysis
  • Occupational profile
  • Activity synthesis as a means to occupation
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Application of activities to increase occupational performance
  • Facilitating occupational performance
  • Occupation and activities in groups
  • Leisure, work, and self-care occupations
  • Care and caregiving
  • Occupations in the context of spirituality
  • Occupations, activities, and empowerment


Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data, 4th Edition

Edited by Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OT, BCP, FAOTA; Paula Kramer, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; and Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Evaluation, which promotes a greater understanding of the people occupational therapy serves, is the foundation of occupational therapy practice and provides evidence to guide best practices. This new edition of the classic text focuses on the role of the occupational therapist as an evaluator with assessment support provided by the occupational therapy assistant. Chapters discuss the various aspects of a comprehensive evaluation, including screening, evaluation, reassessment, and re-evaluation, and reaffirm the importance of understanding people as occupational beings. This updated edition also explains statistics occupational therapy practitioners are likely to encounter and what they mean.

The expansion of this revision reflects contemporary evaluation approaches. Most importantly, the authors discuss the influence that evaluation practices have on practice and remind readers to think about not only what the current practice environment wants an evaluation to be but also what the profession believes a comprehensive evaluation should be.



Now What?: A Patient's Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy

Amy Curran Baker, MA OTR/L with Marybeth Curran Brown, RN and Linda Curran, MSN, APNP

In 2008, Amy Curran Baker, MA, OTR/L (NYU '95, '97) was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Within three weeks of being diagnosed she underwent a bilateral mastectomy and was on the road to recovery. But after the surgery she had a lot of questions, the same that most women will have. As an Occupational Therapist, Amy knew many of the answers from her own clinical training but she also realized that there was no single, concise patient education/rehabilitation resource that women could turn to after breast surgery. Now she and her co-authors, both nurses, have brought together the answers to the questions that women face in chapters that cover everything from how to prepare for going to the hospital to when you come home, Amy and her co-authors cover:

  • the emotional and physical impact of breast cancer and mastectomy
  • post-surgical self-care, caring for children, home management, going back to work
  • drain care, wound care, scar massage
  • bed mobility
  • understanding precautions and post-surgical instructions
  • energy conservation
  • post-surgical exercise

Although everyone's experience is slightly different depending upon one's individual choice: mastectomy alone or mastectomy with reconstruction; the majority of the information applies to all women who had a mastectomy.

Now What? is the first resource to provide all the information that women need after mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery so that they can focus on what matters most: healing and staying well.

Contents: Introduction, 1. Making the Difficult Decisions, 2. Now What?, 3. After-care, Recovery and Complications, 4. Voices, 5. The Forms You Will Need



Social Participation in Occupational Contexts: In Schools, Clinics and Communities

Social Participation Book cover

Marilyn B. Cole MS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Mary V. Donohue PhD, OTL, FAOTA 

Social participation naturally occurs in everyday life in combination with daily occupations, such as when people interact while eating, playing, carpooling, and working. Throughout Social Participation in Occupational Contexts: In Schools, Clinics and Communities, Professors Marilyn B. Cole and Mary V. Donohue explain how social interactions and environments can facilitate occupational performance or can create barriers to participation from an occupational perspective.

The book features:

  • Occupational focus emphasized through an extension of International Classification of Functioning and the American Occupational Therapy Association Practice Framework
  • Role-playing scenarios in each chapter provide participatory learning techniques
  • Includes thought-provoking questions and learning activities
  • Applies theories from several fields to occupational contexts
  • Provides evaluations and interventions to address social participation issues 
  • International sources in the theory and research provide a global perspective of the concept of social participation 
  • Faculty members will enjoy an instructor's manual and a PowerPoint presentation in a 14-week semester format


Other Publications

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