Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: a Study of the Effectiveness of a Combined Sensory Integration and Perceptual-Motor Intervention

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Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a problem for a significant proportion of children during school years and may result in more enduring social and emotional problems. Both occupational therapists and physiotherapists provide services for children with DCD. However, there are few studies examining the effectiveness of interventions for this client group. This has resulted in continuing uncertainty over the most effective treatment for this condition. This paper examines past problems with regard to definitions of the disorder, research design and ethical barriers.

The results of a pre-test, post-test single-group study of an occupational therapy intervention for DCD are then presented. Outcomes were measured by the Movement ABC and the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (Beery 1982) at one-year follow-up. The results are discussed in relation to the shortcomings of research design used in the study. It is concluded that the intervention, consisting of combined sensory integration and perceptual-motor training, is likely to be ineffective at 12-month follow-up.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2000

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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