5. ICF-Functioning & Disability

In a recent Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association Network article, Danielle Heider, CRC, MRC wrote:

As a certified rehabilitation counselor specializing in working with transitioning youth, it is my job to help young adults begin to think about what they want to do for a job, consider if there are any accommodations needed, and help them understand how to ask an employer for accommodations.  This can seem like a daunting task for some young people, especially if they are accustomed to hearing others talk about everything they can’t do.

I imagine it can be overwhelming to read a report that is full of details about all the things you can’t do.  Luckily, physical therapists are in a unique position to detail the the amazing functional things that children can do. The ICF introduced the idea of using neutral language as much as possible and recording details of not only disability but also functioning.

Therefore, the body functions, body structures, activities and participation sections are divided into two parts: Functioning and disability.  Functioning is an umbrella term for the areas that can be put into immediate use with participation.  Disability is the umbrella term for an area requiring assistance and is usually where goals and objectives are drawn from.



How to use the ICF A Practical Manual for using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health





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