Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

4-7-2016

Comments

Poster presented at: 2016 AOTA in Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract

SETTING & BACKGROUND

Health Horizons

  • Suburban private medical practice located in suburbs of Philadelphia
    • General, integrative, and holistic medicine; psychiatry
  • OT referrals contracted to Kimberly S. Mollo’s private homecare practice
    • Population: child, adolescent & young adult (ages 7-25)
    • Dx: ADHD, ODD, LD, NVLD, anxiety, & co-morbid executive dysfunction
    • OT sessions in home; parents are present to provide carryover
    • Fee-for-service pay structure

Executive Functioning

  • Defined: complex neurological processes necessary for purposeful activity
  • Skills emerge, combine, and mature during teenage years
  • Lack of skill attainment:
    • Leads to difficulties in all areas of occupation
    • Predictor of level of occupational dysfunction in adulthood
  • Parents are ill-equipped to facilitate skill development
  • Mindful approach to parenting enhances caregiving ability

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