Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-18773
Title: "Together on the way" : occupational therapy in mainstream education : a narrative study of emerging practice in Switzerland
Authors : Echsel, Angelika
Price, Lee
Josephsson, Staffan
Schulze, Christina
et. al : No
Published in : Occupational Therapy International
Volume(Issue) : 2019
Pages : 7464607
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Hindawi
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Mainstream education; School based occupational therapy; Emerging practice
Subject (DDC) : 371: Schools and their activities
615.8515: Occupational therapy
Abstract: In Switzerland, recent changes in legislation have reformed special needs education; more children with special needs are now integrated into mainstream schools. Health professionals such as occupational therapists are not embedded in the Swiss education system, but pediatric occupational therapists are starting to work at schools, with the aim of enabling children's full participation as school students. This is bringing a change to the practice of pediatric occupational therapists. Cultural, political, and social factors differ in many ways from those of other countries where most of the current research on pediatric occupational therapists in mainstream education has been conducted. The need for school-based research that is situated within the political, structural, and cultural context of a country has been stressed in different studies. This qualitative study employed narrative analysis to explore the practice experiences and clinical reasoning of Swiss pediatric occupational therapists when working with children with special needs in the school context. Three main themes were identified in the narratives: "bringing in an occupational therapy perspective," "focusing on school-related occupations," and "collaborating with different inclusion players." These represent three different aspects of the therapists' emerging practice. The participants highlight different approaches for children with special needs to enable their participation in everyday life at school through learning, playing, and being with their peers. The findings are discussed in relation to current international research and with respect to European countries with a similar political and structural context, thus complementing approaches to school-based occupational therapy.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1155/2019/7464607
10.21256/zhaw-18773
ISSN: 1557-0703
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/18773
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