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Recommendations for occupational therapy interventions for adults with ADHD: a consensus statement from the UK adult ADHD network

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Marios Adamou, Philip Asherson, Muhammad Arif, Louise Buckenham, Sally Cubbin, Karina Dancza, Kirstie Gorman, Gísli Gudjonsson, Sharon Gutman, James Kustow, Kerry Mabbott, Teresa May-Benson, Ulrich Muller-Sedgwick, Emma Pell, Mark Pitts, Suzanne Rastrick, Jane Sedgwick, Kath Smith, Clare Taylor, Lucy Thompson & 2 more Kobus van Rensburg, Susan Young

Original languageEnglish
Article number72
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
PublishedDec 2021

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Funding Information: Acknowledgements are paid to Maria Johnson for assistance with preparation of the manuscript. Publisher Copyright: © 2021, The Author(s). Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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Abstract

Background: ADHD is neurodevelopmental disorder which persists into adulthood. Presently, therapeutic approaches are mainly pharmacological and psychological whilst the role, scope and approaches of occupational therapists have not been adequately described. Results: In this consensus statement we propose that by assessing specific aspects of a person’s occupation, occupational therapists can deploy their unique skills in providing specialist interventions for adults with ADHD. We also propose a framework with areas where occupational therapists can focus their assessments and give practice examples of specific interventions. Conclusions: Occupational therapists have much to offer in providing interventions for adults with ADHD. A unified and flexible approach when working with adults with ADHD is most appropriate and further research on occupational therapy interventions is needed.

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