What is a Strength Based Approach?
So often those individuals who receive Occupational Therapy in the schools are governed by a needs based approach. This means that we program to individuals deficits and rarely account for what the individual can do, what they are good at and what are their interests.
In a recent podcast, Kristi Koenig, an Occupational Therapist and expert in working with Autistic individuals was commissioned to preview/screen the Disney documentary, “Life Animated”. Her initial reaction was that we should learn from this film as educators and therapists.
As an Occupational Therapist, she is “calling for a shift in thinking:” the use of a client centered and strength-based approach.
At Transition Steps to Success, we are a client-centered and strength based practice.
Individuals seeking help are no longer having something ‘done to them’ but they are now a part of the process (client centered). We are ending the pattern of working on deficits, and building on strengths to meet goals (strength-based approach).
As you listen to this pod-cast, Kristi describes the critical role that Occupational Therapists can take with individuals on the Autism spectrum. Harnessing their strengths, utilizing their high interests to develop meaningful plans and developing the necessary self-advocacy skills so that individuals can begin to take control of their lives.
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