Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Introduction: This study elicits the experiences of children in occupational therapy. By determining their perceptions of therapeutic processes, occupations, capacities, and outcomes, we can better understand how to therapeutically meet their needs. Review of literature identifies key characteristics of good therapy: relevance, acceptance, competence, and fun within sessions; in a clean, flexible, familiar, accessible location and with a therapist who communicates, supports, listens, and understands. Research indicates that children’s opinions often differ from those of their parents and that the do process experiences, have valid opinions, and can express them successfully.