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Performance Patterns


Performance Patterns

Performance patterns refer to “habits, routines, roles, and rituals used in the process of engaging in occupations or activities that can support or hinder occupational performance” (AOTA, 2014, p. S8).

Dementia Part 3: Donning Socks ( click here for sample videos )

Dementia Part 3: Donning Socks
(click here for sample videos)


Search the ICE Video Library for the titles below, or for keywords such as: Marsha (patient 021), Jo (patient 024), and Janita (patient 027).


Ask these questions when watching the related videos.

  1. In the videos related to multiple sclerosis, Marsha (Patient 021) discusses how she has had to change many of her habits and routines due to fatigue. How has this change in routine affected her ability to be productive and engage in meaningful tasks? In what ways has she changed her daily routines of cooking in her kitchen and creating at her work station?
  2. How important is a habit or routine to someone with dementia? In the video titled, “Dementia Part 3,” Jo (Patient 024) is learning a new way to don socks using a sock aid. How can the occupational therapist promote the development of a new routine as a way to improve Jo’s functional independence? 
  3. In the video titled, “Femur Fracture, 5 Weeks Post Surgery: Patient Interview in Preparation to Return Home,” Juanita (Patient 027) expressed that one of her most important roles is to take care of her home. How can the therapist incorporate this role into her goals and her next treatment session? 

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Amanda K. Giles, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy
College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina