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|Title: ||Management of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities: a survey of paediatric occupational therapists in the United Kingdom|
|Authors: ||Spiliotopoulou, G|
|Keywords: ||attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, specific|
|Publication Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||University of Huddersfield|
|Citation: ||Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 5 (1) 5-19|
|Abstract: ||Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common complex neuropsychiatric
disorder frequently overlapping with learning disabilities (LD) in children with average
and above intelligence (Biederman et al 1991). The complex needs of these children
could be better addressed in a multidisciplinary context (Foy & Earls 2005) within which
paediatric occupational therapists may have a significant role. The aim of this study was
to identify the interventions used by occupational therapists in the United Kingdom with
these children and explore the rationale of their use. The purpose was to provide baseline
data to inform multidisciplinary team approaches for the management of these children.
A survey, based on postal questionnaires, was conducted among 100 paediatric
occupational therapists in the United Kingdom. The effective rate of response was 42%.
Both qualitative and quantitative data were gathered and analysed.
The findings suggested that therapists tended to use more than one method / approach in
the rehabilitation of these children. The Sensory integration approach and the Perceptualmotor
training were more popular among therapists. A variety of other approaches, used
on an individual needs basis, were reportedly used. Future studies to test the effectiveness
of reported practices with children with both ADHD and LD are recommended.|
|Appears in Collections:||School of Health Sciences and Social Care Research Papers|
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