Have you ever treated a patient that just didn’t seem to understand how to make their bodies
do what they wanted? Even with great effort they could not coordinate their movements,
produce the correct amount of force, or perform familiar activities fluidly?
Ever dealt with frustration when your client does not seem to listen to or understand a single
instruction you give? Ever felt like working on balance, strength, and coordination just didn’t
seem to make the big functional improvement you were hoping for?
It’s time to shift gears from instructing how to do things to working collaboratively with clients
to help them acquire new skills and develop effective strategies to problem-solve functional
deficits they may experience throughout their lives. The Cognitive Orientation to daily
Occupational Performance (CO-OP) is a performance-based treatment approach for children
and adults who experience difficulties completing the skills they want to, need to or are
expected to perform. CO-OP is a specifically tailored, active, client-centered approach that
engages the individual at the meta-cognitive level to solve performance problems. Focused on
enabling success, the CO-OP Approach employs collaborative goal setting, dynamic performance
analysis, cognitive strategy use, guided discovery, and enabling principles.
The Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance Approach was developed to
provide therapists with an evidence-based approach to enabling performance success in an
effective and efficient way. CO-OP is not only supported by a broad research base but is also
embedded in an evidence framework. Originally designed for children with Developmental Co-
ordination Disorder, that is children with motor-based performance problems, it has
demonstrated efficacy in helping children and adults with a variety of diagnoses acquire skills
and experience success in performing everyday activities that are important to them.
The goal of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance Approach is to enable
individuals with performance difficulties, be they physical, cognitive, or other, to succeed in
performing the everyday tasks and activities that are important to them. CO-OP uses a process
of guided discovery to enable the identification of the specific strategies that will support
performance success. In CO-OP individuals learn how to talk themselves through performance
This interactive 2-day course provides learners with thorough background on fundamentals of
Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP; the CO-OP Approach), as well
as allowing clinicians to practice CO-OP techniques in an interactive environment. Participants
will leave the course with the skills needed to successfully initiate use of the CO-OP Approach in