Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy services for children with autism spectrum disorders in Victoria, Australia

Masne Kadar, Rachael Mcdonald, Primrose Lentin

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Background: The current practice of occupational therapy services provided for children with autism spectrum disorders in Victoria, Australia was investigated - specifically, practice in terms of the theories, assessments and intervention strategies utilised. Identification of professional development needs was also explored. The purpose was to identify how occupational therapy practice may have changed over the last decade and to explore what additional developments are required in the field. Method: A self-administered survey was mailed to 322 registered members of Occupational Therapy Australia Limited, Victoria Branch. Results: A valid response rate of 20.5% was obtained. The majority of the participants worked in private practice, and had between one and five years of work experience. Theories, assessments and interventions that are associated with or based on, sensory integration and/or processing approaches are highly utilised by the participants in their service delivery with children with autism spectrum disorders. Participants indicated that they felt they needed training and courses around sensory integration. Conclusions: We concluded that there were few changes in occupational therapy practice related to the selection of theoretical models, assessments and interventions by the participants in this study over the last decade. It is essential for occupational therapists not to neglect the goals of providing occupation-based interventions to children with autism spectrum disorders by focusing only on sensory-based approaches. An urgent need for occupation-based approaches to working with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-293
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Occupational Therapy
Evidence-Based Practice
Occupations
Private Practice
Theoretical Models
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Keywords

  • Interventions
  • Professional development
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy services for children with autism spectrum disorders in Victoria, Australia. / Kadar, Masne; Mcdonald, Rachael; Lentin, Primrose.

In: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Vol. 59, No. 4, 08.2012, p. 284-293.

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