What is the APIED Process?
Recreation Therapists all follow a standard called the APIED Process. No matter what population we are assisting, we follow Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Documentation when creating individual treatment plans.
Each individual is unique - therefore it is important to implement the whole APIED process and it begins by interviewing and collecting information for each individual. Assessments aid in patterns that have been noticed by the individual and close friends or family. The planning process focuses on what the individual needs and wants. During the implementation stage, you see where the individual currently is and their willingness to work on their specific goals and objectives. Evaluating is an ongoing process and is essential for the success of treatment. Due to each individual being unique, it is needed to try different plans and implementations to complete their goals and objectives. Documentation allows the treatment team to see improvement, progression, and patterns through the implementation of interventions.
RT’s use valid and reliable assessments to collect data to identify the strengths and limitations of a person's physical, cognitive, social, behavioral, emotional, spiritual, and leisure capabilities; and interpreting and analyzing collected data to identify and determine a course of action for recreational therapy services for a patient. This is done by developing an individualized treatment or intervention plan that identifies goals, objectives, and treatment strategies for a person.
Reflect and implement the assessment needs to develop an individual or intervention plan based off of the identified goals, objectives, and treatment plan from the assessment
Implementing the individualized treatment or intervention plan
Evaluating person's response to the individualized treatment or intervention plan and modifying the plan when appropriate
Documenting a person's response to the individualized treatment or intervention plan, including documenting the overall outcome of the person's treatment