Message From Claudia Allen
Welcome to the Allen Cognitive Network, the offical website for Allen Cognitive Advisors, Ltd.
Our goal is to preserve the quality of life for those with cognitive change, often a disability
that is the consequence of chronic health problems. For those who cope with these changes,
we offer pragmatic help to succeed with the most basic tasks of life. Our help extends to the
caregivers who rise to the demands of providing daily care. We work in medical and community
models of care. Regardless of our professional discipline, models of science, or politics,
foremost we are about the people we serve.
Our mission is to promote and advocate for the value and understanding of Allen's Cognitive Disability Model through education and networking opportunities that empower health care professionals to promote best abilities to function for individuals with cognitive disabilities. This website serves as the home of Allen Cognitive Advisors, Ltd. This is a non-profit membership organization. We are an international group of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists. Members of the organization pursue clinical, teaching and research activities related to psychosocial, physical and geriatric rehabilitation. This organization operates entirely by volunteer efforts. You are welcome to participate, sharing your skills and interests with this international group of dedicated professionals.
Brief History of the Cognitive Disabilities Model and Assessments
The cognitive disabilities model had its beginnings at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in the late 1960’s when Claudia K. Allen, MA, OTR, FAOTA and her colleagues first observed patterns of performance difficulties in adult patients with mental disorders. In seeking to better understand and thereby serve the needs of these individuals, Allen and other therapists began a systematic and careful collection of observations of these difficulties. The focus of inquiry at that time was the “sensorimotor actions originating in the physical or chemical structures of the brain and producing observable and assessable limitations in routine task behavior” (Allen, 1985). The construct of “functional cognition” has since become a useful term for describing the focus of concern of the cognitive disabilities model. Functional cognition encompasses the complex and dynamic interactions between an individual’s cognitive abilities and the activity context that produces observable performance.
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