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ThEORY MEETS PRACTICE The Person-Environment-Occupation Circle Tool: A simple way to bridge theory into practice Column Editor: Heidi Cramm Heidi Cramm Liam, an 11-year-old boy, has anxiety and learning dis- simple and inexpensive tool that can provide clinicians abilities that challenge his ability to engage in his school a practical theoretical foundation for their clinical pro- occupations. cess. The circle tool acts as a vehicle for describing what Charles is a 45-year-old municipal worker who has occupational therapy is, what the experienced a low back injury on the job. He has been foci are, and what the clinician About the author – attending a work hardening program and is about to can provide to the client. heidi Cramm is a doctoral candidate in Rehabilita- receive clearance to return to work. The tool consists of coloured, tion Therapy at Queen’s Both individuals are involved with occupational translucent circles for each of the University in Kingston, therapy. How might an occupational therapist embed person, environment and occupa- Ontario. On leave from practice in the Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) tion factors (see Diagram 1). The her clinical practice in model (Law et al., 1996) in a way that is accessible to three circles are printed onto an child and adolescent psychiatry, she has a both Liam and Charles? overhead sheet and cut out. The particular interest in circles can be used in a physical occupational therapy and Introduction and interactive way to provide oc- children and youth who Clinicians continue to face challenges in implementing cupational therapists and clients experience mental health occupational therapy theory during client collabora- a tangible and visual tool that issues. Heidi welcomes tion. Many clients also struggle with our professional clarifies the foci of occupational feedback at 7hac1@ queensu.ca. domain of interest, focusing on the “therapist” in our therapy. By using the translucent title rather than the “occupational” descriptor of our coloured person, environment, enabling approach. In this article, I propose a simple and occupation circles, the therapist is able to demon- and practical tool that can help occupational therapists strate how intervention directed at the person, the oc- communicate the profession’s unique perspective on
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