Clinical Reference

Spoon Theory

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Print Resource — US Letter — 4 pages

Population:

Adult

Discipline:

OTSLP

Diagnosis:

ADLs/IADLsBrain InjuryMultiple SclerosisParkinson’sStroke
This handout provides a brief explanation of the “spoon theory” metaphor used to describe the amount of mental or physical energy a person has available for daily activities. This handout can be used to describe and apply the theory with patients and then as a visual reminder for them to increase carryover between sessions.
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