Founders of OT

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Lela Llorens
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Interpreted theories of development and put into light of OT
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Karl and Berta Bobath
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Developed the Bobath method, ‘neuro-developmental treatment’
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William Tuke
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English Quaker who established the York Retreat, where mental patients lived in humane surroundings
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Claudia Allen
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Founder of Cognitive Disabilities Therapy
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A. Jean Ayers
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Developmental psychologist known for her work in the area of sensory integration dysfunction
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Lorna Jean King
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Began the use of sensory integration and adaptive resonance theory
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Adolph Meyer
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U.S. psychiatrist who developed the philosophical base of OT. He advocated for a holistic approach to OT
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Eleanor Clark Slagle
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Began working to promote the field of occupational therapy as a professional occupation. Started the first school for occupational therapy.
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Susan Tracy
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Occupational Nurse involved in arts and crafts movment. Wrote first book on OT.
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Phillipe Pinel
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A physician in France, introduced “work treatment” for the “insane”
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Herbert Hall
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physician who concentrated on arts and crafts as part of treatment
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George Barton
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An architect who helped reform conditions in asylums. He established the first rehab center
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William Dunton
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Father of OT
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Thomas Kidner
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He was influential in establishing a presence for occupational therapy in vocational rehabilitation and tuberculosis treatment.
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Benjamin Rush
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an american quaker who was the first physician to institute moral treatment practices
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Dorthea Dix
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fought for better treatment of the mentally ill and imprisoned
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Laura Jane Addams
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founding of Hull-House; her work was foundational to the social work profession, Integrated immigrants into society

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