Discussion Responses




Lindsaydiscusses the person-environment-occupation model by describingpersonal strengths, limitations and abilities, occupational factorsthat comprise her leadership, and environmental factors that tend tosupport her leadership. I agree with Lindsay that good listeningskills, being a caring, and an empathetic leader are some of thepersonal factors that enhance one’s leadership. These factors,especially the aspect of being empathetic, help the leader understandthe concerns of the followers (Peterson, 2008). In addition, workingas an occupational therapist is an occupational role that enhancesone’s leadership. This is because different clients have differentneeds that force the occupational therapists to be creative, which isamong the key occupational factors required in a leader (Peterson,2008). Moreover, I agree with Lindsay that being unable to understandthe cultural background can be challenging to a leader given the highrate of increase in the population diversity (Braveman, 2011).Leaders and OT are expected to be culturally diverse in order toserve the diverse clientele and work with a diverse workforce.


Myrnaassesses the capacity of early intervention to reduce the severity ofbehavioral components that are associated with pervasivedevelopmental disorders among pre-school children. The description ofthe diagnosis of children and early interventions applied to kidswith the pervasive developmental disorders add more information tothe background of the question, but they do not necessarily respondto the question directly. The background information tells much aboutthe target population and the type of intended interventions.However, the comparison between different types of interventions andthe outcome of administering the interventions respond directly tothe question by indicating that early interventions enhance reducepervasive behavioral disorders better than late interventions.


Braveman,B. (2011). Work:Promoting participation and productivity through occupationaltherapy.Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Peterson,E. (2008). Understanding the role of occupational therapy in fallprevention for community-dwelling older adults. AOTAContinuing Education,13 (3), 1-8.