[2015] Chris Vining (OTA 110 Winter 2015, Default class): Ready Approach

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[2015] Chris Vining (OTA 110 Winter 2015, Default class): Ready Approach

HistoryFounded by Bonnie Hanschu over 13 years ago. Adapted from the Sensory Integration Theory to include cognition and neurobehavorial issues. Designed to help the child and adult client be able to organize when faced with excess stimulation.

Training and EducationAs with other treatments for Occupational Therapy, an evaluation needs to be completed by a licensed Occupational Therapist. Once a plan has been devised it can be implemented by an OTA, in schools, or at home. As of this time the Ready Approach is still in the testing phase and there is not specific education requirements for this practice. Thereis a seminar offered by Laura Barker, the protege of Bonnie Hanschu. It is a two day seminar that costs $345 (as of 2009) and counts as 13 continuing education credits.

Pediatric UsageThe Ready Approach is a great treatment plan for children, but can work for a person of any age. It helps them focus and organize themselves when faced with sensory stimulation that is more that they can handle. It has been found to be the most effective in children with a past history of self injury, hyperactivity, and sensory defensiveness. By treating a child for sensory issues, but also factoring in the neurobiology that can accompany their condition, allows a mulit-faceted approach. As a child grows and they change both emotionally and cognitively, their treatment is adapted to fit their needs. Accounting for the science behind the maladaptive behavior helps to implement a plan that will reduce instances of sensory overload while preparing the child to deal with the issues they will expect to encounter. The Ready Approach has been implemented in early intervention and school systems across the United States with success, yet no measurable data is currently available.

Give credit where credit is due1. Clopton, H. (n.d.). Ready Approach for Sensory Issues. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://www.developmental-delay.com/page.cfm/288 2. Hanschu, B., & Moses, M. (n.d.). Sensory Diets. Retrieved August 27, 2015, from http://devdelay.org/newsletter/articles/html/185-sensory-diets.html 3. Sensory Approaches to Mental Health. (n.d.). Retrieved August 29, 2015, from http://www.aota.org/Practice/Mental-Health/Emerging-Niche/Sensory.aspx4. Barker, L. (2009, September 1). The Ready Approach. Retrieved August 30, 2015, from http://www.pedtherapy.com/images/uploads/news_pdfs/The_READY_Approach_Sensory_Sminar_Brochure.pdf

Can you prove it?At this time the Ready Approach hasn't had formal testing performed to validate its effectiveness. It is currently being used as a tool to help clients with sensory issues. Results have been positive, and further evaluation needs to be completed.

The Ready Approach

What is the Ready Approach?By looking at the science behind sensory issues and how they differ for each person, a specific plan is devised. The plan is then able to be carried out in a safe way at home, school, and a clinical setting. Being able to re-evaluate based on changes of sensory input craving is a key component to long term health.

Areas of OccupationThe Ready Approach would work on numerous occupations, including ADL, IADL, Play, Social Participation, Work, and Education. Any situation in which a child or adult can become overwhelmed can be helped. Having to manage groups of people or noisy input can lead to sensory overload. The ready approach would help a person have ways to handle these stressful situations before problems arose. Performance skills such as organize and adjusts would be helped by having better ability to cope with tasks that are difficult to handle. Imagine a child moving into a new classroom. There would be the social issues of unfamiliar children, a different classroom setup, a potentially different teaching style, and different sounds and sights. The ready approach will have the child better focused and prepared for what they encounter.


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