CO-OP I – Introduction

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The ability for people to perform everyday activities has an important impact on self-esteem, social opportunities, academic success and quality of life. These activities can include anything that people need to do, want to do, or are expected to do, such as riding a bicycle, using utensils during meals or planning a vacation. In the CO-OP Approach™ the main focus is helping clients to learn to perform the everyday activities (achieve the functional goals) that are important and meaningful to them.

funnelCO-OP draws on learning and cognitive behavioral theories to help child and adult clients learn a problem solving strategy, which is then used to achieve their goals. The problem solving strategy is also called a global cognitive strategy. The therapist uses ‘guided discovery’, a CO-OP technique, to help the client to think through how to perform an activity (e.g. skipping rope, printing, grocery shopping) and to think about how they might overcome their own specific performance challenges with that activity. The therapist asks questions about the client’s performance to help them think through what they need to do differently to better perform the activity. This leads to a discussion between the client and the therapist, rather than a traditional approach whereby the therapist gives the client direct instructions.

One of the observable differences between CO-OP and other approaches is that CO-OP involves more time talking about how a client performs an activity. The reason for this is to guide the client to develop a solution independently. In turn, this leads to the client developing problem-solving skills that can be applied or transferred to other activities.

History of the CO-OP Approach™
3 Core Principles
Who can benefit from CO-OP?
Clinical Objectives
7 Key Features
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