presented by Ashlea D. Cardin
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Ashlea D. Cardin, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Dr. Ashlea Cardin is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She is also a practicing neonatal occupational therapist, having over 16 years’ experience in a Level III NICU at Mercy Children's Hospital, Springfield, MO. Dr. Cardin is Board Certified in Pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),…Read full bio
1. A Smoldering Light: Why the Theories You Learned “Yesterday” Matter TODAY
This chapter will define the term theory as a guiding light for occupational therapy practice and will describe how theories provide explanations for human “doing” and participation in meaningful occupation. The chapter will argue that theories are not extinguished lights buried in long-forgotten textbooks, but are the smoldering embers fueling the everyday lived experience of today’s neonatal occupational therapists.
2. A Flickering Light: Theories Guiding Neonatal OT Practice
This chapter builds on the understanding of theory as foundational illumination for the neonatal therapist’s path. A host of theories will be reviewed and introduced as pivotal to understanding human behavior as it influences occupational performance. With greater understanding of human behavior, neonatal occupational therapists can better support infant and family interaction in the NICU.
3. Stoking the Fire: Theory as Fuel for Therapist Action
This chapter expands on the visual model of theoretically-grounded neonatal occupational therapy intervention, explaining how theories give rise to the conceptual practice models (CPMs) used by occupational therapists to guide therapist-client interaction. A review of current CPMs is provided, as is a discussion on models’ potential utilization in the neonatal intensive care unit.
4. Theoretical Radiance! Appreciating Theory in Your Daily Practice
In this final chapter, you get the opportunity to reflect on the theoretical frameworks guiding individual practice. A discussion of theory-appreciation as part of professional identity and evidence- and occupation-based practice will be offered.