Assoc Prof Amshuda Sonday
BSc Occupational Therapy UWC
Master’s in Early Childhood Intervention UP
PhD Occupational Therapy UCT
I am an Associate Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town. My teaching and learning focus are on neurophysical rehabilitation, both in pediatrics and adults. My research takes a critical decolonial perspective on the development of professional identities of occupational therapists in Post-Apartheid South Africa. The key findings of my PhD study are how occupational therapists enact agency. Professional role transgression is one mechanism used to enact agency against structural hegemonies. I offer socially responsive leadership as a member of the OTASA Education committee.
Areas of Interest
Severe disabilities, Professional identities, transgression, role transitions
Current Research Projects
Integrated literature review on professional identities
Professional role transition of occupational therapists in African countries
Digital story telling as a reflective tool in professional identity development
Thomas, A., Kinsella, E.A., Abu, T., Hashem S., Bennett, S., Bressler, S., Galheigo, S., Gupta, J., Laver, A.F, Sonday, A., Takahashi, K. Mlambo, T. (2021). Position Statement: Educational Research in Occupational Therapy. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), London. https://www.wfot.org/resources/educational-research-in-occupational-therapy
Drotsky, L., Sonday A., Gretschel, P. (2021). Photo-elicited interviews: a method to create open communication for mothers raising children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methodology. 20, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211040980
Drotsky, L. Gretschel, P. & Sonday, A. (2021) Mothers’ facilitation of the occupational engagement of their children with FASD. Journal of Occupational Science.
Sonday, A. (2021). Digital story telling as a reflective tool in Occupational therapy curricular. Occupational Therapy International. 2021, 2463916, 10 https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/2463916
Sonday, A. (2021). Shaping professional identity: a descriptive qualitative study on Health and Rehabilitation final year students in higher education. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 51,2. 49 – 54. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2021/vol51n2a
Ned, L., Hess-April, L., Hansen, A., Gabriels, S., & Sonday, A. (2021) Towards the integration of critical disability studies in rehabilitation sciences curricula. In Rioux, M, Jose, M & Dada, S. Handbook of Critical Disability Studies in a Globalizing World. Springer publishers. In Press
Sonday, A., Ramugondo, E. & Kathard, H. (2020). Case study and narrative inquiry as merged methodological frameworks: A critical narrative perspective. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methodology 19, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406920937880
Ellman, E., Sonday, A. & Buchanan, H. (2020). Transition from special school to post school in youth with severe intellectual disability: Parent’s experiences. South African Journal of Education. 40 (2) 1-9 https://doi.org/10.15700/saje.v40ns2a1444
Munambah, N., Gretschel, P. & Sonday, A. (2020). Being a mother of a child with HIV- related Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Zimbabwean context. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50(1): 35-40 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2020/Vol50n1a6
Sonday, A., Ramugondo, E.L., & Kathard, H. (2019). Professional role transgression as a form of occupational consciousness. Journal of Occupational Science, 26(3), 366-378. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2019.1630852
Sonday, A. (2018) Professional Competency and professional development. In De Souza S A, Galvaan R, Ramugondo E. Concepts in Occupational Therapy Understanding Southern Perspectives. Manipal Press, p385-395.
Sonday, A., & Gretschel, P. (2016). Empowered to Play: A case study describing the impact of powered mobility on the exploratory play of disabled children. Occupational therapy international, 23(1), 11-18. https://doi.org/10.1002/oti.1395
Sonday A, Anderson K, Flack C, Fisher C, Greenhough J, Kendal R, Shadwell C. (2012) School Based Occupational Therapists: An Exploration into their role in a Cape Metropole Full-Service School. The South African Journal of Occupational Therapy,42(1), 2-6.