Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The Role of Occupational Therapy 3rd Edition


About the Course
This basic-level course presents information on the diagnosis of ADHD and the assessment tools and intervention strategies used in addressing this disorder. This course is designed for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who have the background knowledge required for working with individuals with neurobiological disorders such as ADHD. Background knowledge that will support achievement of the learning objectives includes an understanding of abnormal psychology, mental health conditions, and human development, as well as the domain of occupational therapy and the service delivery process applied by occupational therapy practitioners – including general principles associated with occupational therapy evaluation and intervention. Upon completing this course, participants will have a greater awareness of the diagnostic considerations and medical and nonmedical interventions for ADHD as well as the potential roles for occupational therapy practitioners with this population. The course also presents specific occupational therapy evaluation and intervention strategies that can be used with both children and adults with ADHD.

Learning Objectives 

  • Recall attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including its diagnostic criteria and clinical presentations.
  • Identify common medical and educational assessments and interventions used with children and adults with ADHD.
  • State the role of occupational therapy with children and adults with ADHD.
  • Summarize the occupational therapy evaluation process, including common methods and assessment tools used with children and adults with ADHD.
  • Recall common occupational therapy intervention approaches and techniques used with children and adults with ADHD.

About the Author
Shelley Mulligan, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Mulligan received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Western Ontario, in London, ON, her master’s of science degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, and her PhD in special education from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Mulligan’s clinical and research interests include early intervention services; sensory integration; and the sensory and motor functions of children with attention disorders, sensory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Mulligan worked as an occupational therapy clinician for 10 years in both clinic and school settings, specializing in the delivery of services for children with neurodevelopmental conditions, including attention and learning disorders, sensory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Mulligan is the author of Occupational Therapy Evaluation for Children, 2nd Edition, published in 2013, and associate editor of A. Bundy and S. Lane’s, Sensory Integration Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition, published in 2020.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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