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Frames of Reference: their Use in Paediatric Occupational Therapy

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The aim of this study was to explore how paediatric occupational therapists provide intervention for children with cerebral palsy in the United Kingdom. A survey design was used with a sample of 120 paediatric occupational therapists. The results of this study were representational of practice among members of the National Association of Paediatric Occupational Therapists.

It was found that 91.7% of occupational therapists in this study used an eclectic treatment approach. Treatment was usually provided on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the individual needs of the child, and family-centred functional therapy was valued. Postgraduate training in the areas of neurodevelopmental treatment and sensory integration is recommended in a continuing capacity if therapists choose to use these frames of reference to guide treatment for children with cerebral palsy.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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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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