The Center for Innovative OT Solutions (CIOTS) inspires occupation-centered practice by equipping occupational therapists with occupation-based and occupation-focused tools for practice and research. Our tools help occupational therapists infuse more occupation into each phase of practice, including evaluation, intervention, documentation, goal-setting, and reevaluation.

CIOTS brings together occupational therapists who value occupation-centered practice through organizing training courses, workshops, and research symposiums. We believe that occupational therapists best communicate their unique professional value when they use occupation as the basis and focus of each step in their occupational therapy process.

If the focus of our practice is to be occupation, then the focus of our evaluations, interventions, and documentation, not just our outcomes, should be occupation.
Anne Fisher, 2009

Tools for Occupation-Centered Practice

Our assessment tools provide occupational therapists with standardized, occupation-based evaluations that measure the quality of a client’s performance of activities of daily living (ADL), or schoolwork tasks, or social exchanges. Our two newest assessments measure the extent of the difference between a client’s reported problems with occupational performance and those observed by the occupational therapist.

The Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model (OTIPM) is a professional reasoning model that helps occupational therapists to transform each phase of their occupational therapy practice to be more occupation-centered with or without using our standardized assessment tools.

Tools for Occupation-Centered Practice

Our assessment tools provide occupational therapists with standardized, occupation-based evaluations that measure the quality of a client’s performance of activities of daily living (ADL), or schoolwork tasks, or social exchanges. Our two newest assessments measure the extent of the difference between a client’s reported problems with occupational performance and those observed by the occupational therapist.

The Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model (OTIPM) is a professional reasoning model that helps occupational therapists to transform each phase of their occupational therapy practice to be more occupation-centered with or without using our standardized assessment tools.

Anne Fisher, who delivered the Slagle lecture in 1998, developed and published the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS; Fisher, 1992; Fisher & Jones, 2011) and subsequently the School AMPS (Atchison, Fisher, & Bryze, 1998; Fisher, Bryze, & Atchison, 2000), both measures of occupational performance and performance skills and the gold standard in terms of the sophistication of its psychometric properties (Fisher, 1993).
Glen Gillen, 2013

Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)

Our most well-known assessment. The AMPS is used by more than 17,000 occupational therapists in 34 countries. The AMPS is an occupation-based and occupation-focused standardized assessment that is used to measure the quality of a client’s ADL performance.

School Version of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS)

Developed for occupational therapists who practice in the classroom. The School AMPS is used to measure a student’s quality of schoolwork task performance in typical classroom settings.

Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI)

Our fastest growing assessment. The ESI is used to measure a client’s quality of social interaction during natural social exchanges with typical social partners.

Assessment of Compared Qualities – Occupational Performance (ACQ-OP)

One of our newest assessments. The ACQ-OP is a partner tool to the AMPS and measures the extent of the discrepancy between a client’s perspective on his/her quality of ADL task performance and the corresponding AMPS results.

Assessment of Compared Qualities – Social Interaction (ACQ-SI)

One of our newest assessments. The ACQ-SI is a partner tool to the ESI and measures the extent of the discrepancy between a client’s perspective on his/her quality of social interaction and the corresponding ESI results.

Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model (OTIPM)

The OTIPM is a professional reasoning model that helps the occupational therapist to practice in a more client-centered, occupation-based and occupation-focused manner.

We Are OCCUPATIONAL Therapists

As occupational therapists, we offer something unique to our clients and colleagues — an occupation-centered perspective. Join us in reflecting on our unique professional value by considering the role occupation should have in occupational therapy evaluations, interventions, documentation, and research.

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