The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is located on the ground floor of Brookfield Health Sciences Complex. On this floor we have a dedicated Occupational Therapy purpose built Clinic, containing therapy and assessment equipment and standardised tests to support clinical research. Standardised tests include tests for sensory integration (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), for cognitive and perceptual abilities (for example the Rivermead test, Test of Visual perceptual Skills),for motor co-ordination (for example the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency), for occupation (for example the School Function Assessment) and for the environment (for example the HOME Inventory). These can be used both clinically and for research purposes. Video facilities are available to support student and practitioner research also.
In addition, the School of Clinical Therapies (including our Department) has a dedicated postgraduate student research room, and access to an IT Resource Room which contains 25 PCs with data analysis software that is continuously updated (e.g. Excel, Word, SPSS).
To date, the clinic has been used as a research facility in a number of projects, for example:
- MSc in multimedia studies project- to develop a training programme for students: to learn how to administer the Visual Motor Integration Assessment to children, 2008-2009.
- Undergraduate team research project: to administer the Clinical Observations in Sensory Integration with school-aged children. This project consisted of 4 projects, which included gathering of data for typical children, and subsequent qualitative research with the children, families and therapists on being involved in research from an ethical perspective, 2009-2010.