Rehabilitation of Adults with Developmental Disabilities: An Occupational Therapy Perspective

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Abstract

Aging adults with developmental disabilities are subject to the same losses in functional ability as typically aging adults. Cognitive delays and poor ability to respond to change because of cognitive rigidity make their rehabilitation even more difficult. Occupational therapy, with its traditional emphasis on functional ability, is able to modify activities and the environment to accommodate these problems and facilitate functional outcomes. With its holistic approach, occupational therapy promotes both the physical and mental health of this population.

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