Occupational Therapy: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 2nd Edition

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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 Universityof 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.

Peer reviewer: Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she was the  director of the Kathryn Lawrence Dragas Sensory Processing and Stress Evaluation (SPASE) Lab, and director of post-professional education for the Department of Occupational Therapy. She received her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from The Ohio State University, her PhD in anatomy with emphasis in neuroscience from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lane’s research and teaching have focused on sensory integration and processing in children with disabilities, as well as neuroscience applications in occupational therapy. Recent investigations have included examining aspects of sensory modulation disorder in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. She recently served as a member of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Pediatric Measurement Center of Excellence (PMCoE) ADHD Expert Work Group. Professor Lane presents both nationally and internationally, and has edited, authored, and contributed to books addressing issues related to sensory integration and processing, neuroscience applications to practice, and pediatric occupational therapy practice. Her most recent book is Kids Can Be Kids, a text co-edited with Professor Anita Bundy. Professor Lane is currently working on the 3rd edition of Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice, for which she will be both co-editor with Professor Bundy, and co-author.

Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe 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.
  • Describe the role of occupational therapy with children and adults with ADHD.
  • Describe the occupational therapy evaluation process, including common methods and assessment tools used with children and adults with ADHD.
  • Identify common occupational therapy intervention approaches and techniques with children and adults with ADHD.

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