A Structured Work Activity Group (SWAG) is a suite of simulated work activities, each of which is graduated in terms of demand. SWAG activities are used to provide persons who have experienced cognitive impairments with opportunities to practice work activities at a level that is commensurate with their current ability and to be presented with “just-right” challenges that gradually improve ability.
SWAGs were developed at the Program in Occupational Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Funding for the development of the SWAGs was provided by the Program in Occupational Therapy, the HealthSouth Corporation, and The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. Principal developers of the SWAGs were Leonard Matheson, PhD, Mary Seaton, MHS, OTR, and Victoria Kaskutas, OTD, OTR. Additional assistance in SWAG development was provided by Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Deborah Hurley, MA, OTR, Timothy Wolf OTD, OTR, and Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR. In addition, many occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language therapists, vocational evaluators, and neuropsychologists at the Center for Head Injury Services and at several HealthSouth rehabilitation facilities provided input and ideas.
Washington University has licensed EpicRehab LLC to make the SWAG materials available along with corrections of errors and extensions of the basic tasks. In keeping with the spirit of the SWAG Development Project, the original SWAG materials are available at no charge and may be downloaded at this website. The new EpicRehab SWAG materials improve the original files, extending their duration and complexity, and are available for purchase at Matheson Development. In addition to the SWAG Upgrade Matheson Development also offers the SWAG Upgrade Plus for professionals who are looking for an already-assembled complete set of equipment, as well as an in-depth professional manual for the SWAGs.
Download Dr. Matheson’ presentation to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2007.