BSOTA Program Director Publishes Article in AOTA’s May 2020 SIS Quarterly Practice Supplement

Written by Lee Anne Hanke


Rachelle Lydell, MSOT, OTR/L and SAU BSOTA Program director was pleased to announce the publication of an article in which she coauthored with faculty from University of Missouri – Columbia School of Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy.

The article describes and reinforces the concept of bagless therapy and the use of the coaching interaction style in lieu of a toy bag within an early intervention setting. It includes a case example as an illustration of the effectiveness of empowering the family by promoting occupational performance, utilizing materials the family already owns within the context of the family’s current routines and activities. In addition, this article reiterates one of occupational therapy’s foundational tenents: family centered routines based treatment and highlights the distinct value of occupational therapy services which cannot be found in a bag.

“I loved this article! I’m providing EI via telehealth and it really reinforces the ideas of both a bagless approach and the value of coaching. I’m seeing a lot of posts on social media related to EI telehealth and providers feeling stressed about “creating” activities. I’d love to hear from anyone who has found that telehealth has helped them become better at being bagless!”

– Pam Stephenson, Occupational Therapist, Children & Youth SIS Chair

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