The Functional Skills Program offers professionals and para-professionals in the rehabilitation field a clear, organized system for assessing and tracking a clients progress. It features an easy-to-use feedback mechanism that provides detailed, objective information about functional skill performance that can be clearly understood by clients, families, health care workers, and insurers alike. Reproducible forms and charts are included for nine major skill areas: Self-Care, Meal Planning, Meal Preparation, Housecleaning and Laundry, Grocery Shopping, Use of Community Resources, Money Management, Time Management, and Transportation. This manual also provides educational modules for clients who need additional training in specific functional tasks because of inexperience, lack of education, or a need for increased structure to complete tasks.
Jennifer Wamboldt has worked with clients with brain injuries since 1979, most recently as director of occupational therapy at Community Rehabilitation Services of Arizona, Scottsdale. She developed and refined the Functional Skills Program over a number of years to identify the specific skills needed for independent living. Her program is geared to real-life settings rather than clinical situations.