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The effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder: review of the qualitative literature

Morgan, Ruth and Long, Tony 2012, 'The effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder: review of the qualitative literature' , British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75 (1) , pp. 10-18.

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Abstract

Introduction: This review investigates qualitative evidence regarding the effectiveness of motor interventions for children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Method: Six databases were searched for qualitative studies conducted with school-age children with DCD and their parents to understand better which occupational therapy interventions are most effective for decreasing core symptoms and improving occupational outcomes. The Model of Human Occupation was used as a guide to structure the discussion and to illustrate how a model can be used to guide the therapeutic reasoning process regarding future intervention decisions. Findings: The findings suggest that, for many families, intervention that addressed everyday occupations and the social consequences for children with DCD was of the utmost importance.Most parents’ greatest hope for intervention was to maximise their child’s social participation and motivation. Parents described successful interventions that enabled their child to participate regularly in his or her chosen motor activities within the community and that created social participation opportunities. Although children reported similar concerns to parents, they also valued their ability to engage in self-care and play activities. Conclusion: The qualitative evidence supports the need for practitioners to incorporate the priorities of parents and children in order to optimise the outcomes of intervention. Parental and teacher education was highly valued by parents to help manage their uncertainty and worry associated with raising a child with DCD.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapy
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0308-0226
Depositing User: Professor Tony Long
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 09:09
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 08:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22691

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