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Allen Cognitive Levels
OT Cognitive Disabilities
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Health Care
02/05/2010

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Level 1 - Automatic Actions
Definition
characterized by automatic motor responses & changes in the autonomic nervous system. conscious response to the external environment is minimal.
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Level 2 - Postural Actions
Definition
characterized by movement that is associated with comfort. There is some awareness of large objects in the environment, and the individual may assist the caregiver with simple tasks.
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Level 3 - Manual Actions
Definition
begins with the use of the hands to manipulate objects. The individual may be able to perform a limited number of tasks with long-term repetitive training.
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Level 4 - Goal Directed Actions
Definition
is characterized by the ability to carry simple tasks through to completion. The individual relies heavily on visual cues. He/she may be able to perform established routines but cannot cope with unexpected events.
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Level 5 - Exploratory Actions
Definition
characterized by overt trial & error problem solving. New learning occurs. This may be the usual level of functioning for 20% of the population.
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Level 6 - Planned Actions
Definition
characterized by the absence of disability. The person can think of hypothetical situations and do mental trial & error problem solving.