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Evidence-based Practice: Children & Youth

Evidence Resources by Topic:

  • Early Intervention and Early Childhood
  • Sensory Processing & Sensory Integration 
  • Autism
  • Mental Health
  • School-Based Practice
  • Other resources
  • Early Intervention-Early Childhood

    • AJOT Article: Method for the Systematic Reviews on Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention and Early Childhood Services
    • AJOT Article: Systematic Review of Interventions to Promote Social–Emotional Development in Young Children With or at Risk for Disability
    • AJOT Article: Systematic Review of Interventions Used in or Relevant to Occupational Therapy for Children With Feeding Difficulties Ages Birth–5 Years
    • AJOT Article: Systematic Review of Interventions Used in Occupational Therapy to Promote Motor Performance for Children Ages Birth–5 Years
    • AJOT Article: Systematic Review of Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Cognitive Development in Children Ages Birth–5 Years
    • AJOT Article: Evidence for the Effectiveness of Different Service Delivery Models in Early Intervention Services
    • Critically Appraised Topics: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
    • Evidence Brief Series: Young Children with Delayed Development
    • Practice Guideline: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Early Childhood: Birth through 5 Years (Purchase online)

    Autism

    • AJOT Article: Evidence-Based Review of Interventions for Autism Used in or of Relevance to Occupational Therapy
      Jane Case-Smith and Marian Arbesman
       (July/August 2008)
    • Critically Appraised Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Evidence Brief Series: Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Practice Guideline: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Autism (Purchase online)

    Mental Health

    • Critically Appraised Topic: Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention for Children and Youth  
    • Evidence Brief Series: Children with Behavioral & Psychosocial Needs
    • Practice Guideline: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention for Children & Youth (Purchase online)

    Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration

    • AJOT Article: Methodology for the Systematic Reviews of Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents With Difficulty Processing and Integrating Sensory Information 
      Marian Arbesman and Deborah Lieberman (May/June 2010)
    • AJOT Article: Examining the Neuroscience Evidence for Sensory-Driven Neuroplasticity: Implications for Sensory-Based Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents 
      Shelly J. Lane and Roseann C. Schaaf (May/June 2010)
    • AJOT Article: Evidence Review to Investigate the Support for Subtypes of Children With Difficulty Processing and Integrating Sensory Information 
      Patricia L. Davies and Rebecca Tucker (May/June 2010)
    • AJOT Article: Systematic Review of the Research Evidence Examining the Effectiveness of Interventions Using a Sensory Integrative Approach for Children
      Teresa A. May-Benson and Jane A. Koomar (May/June 2010)
    • AJOT Article: Exploring the Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions, Other Than the Sensory Integration Approach, With Children and Adolescents Experiencing Difficulty Processing and Integrating Sensory Information
      Helene J. Polatajko and Noemi Cantin (May/June 2010)
    • AJOT Article: Performance Challenges for Children and Adolescents With Difficulty Processing and Integrating Sensory Information: A Systematic Review
      Kristie Patten Koenig and Sarah G. Rudney (May/June 2010)
    • Critically Appraised Topics: Children and Adolescents With Sensory Processing Disorders/Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
    • Practice Guideline: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents With Challenges in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration (Purchase online)

    School-based Practice

    • OT Practice Article: Using AOTA EBP Resources To Enter Pediatric Practice in the Context of Public Schools
      Jean E. Polichino & Jessica Scheer (August 28, 2006)
    • Evidence Brief Series: School-Based Interventions
    • Practice Guideline: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Autism (Purchase online)
    • Practice Guideline: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Early Childhood: Birth through 5 Years (Purchase online)
    • Practice Guideline: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention for Children & Youth (Purchase online)

    Other Children & Youth Resources

    • Evidence Perk: Evidence-Based Practice Resources - Children and Youth
      Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L and Deborah Lieberman, MHSA, OTR/L, FAOTA (April 20, 2009)
    • Evidence Brief Series: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  
    • Evidence Brief Series: Cerebral Palsy
    • Evidence Bytes: Evidence Bytes are featured in AOTA's 1-Minute Update e-newsletter. They are designed to connect members with resources and information about the evidence-based practice of occupational therapy. Read more here.

    Looking for More Evidence-Based Resources?

    • Evidence Exchange

    The Evidence Exchange is a central repository for evidence-based literature reviews and related resources, and is a place where occupational therapy practitioners can access quality evidence. Read more. 

    • Evidence-Based Resource Directory

    An online service that links users to Internet sites related to the evidence-based practice of occupational therapy. Browse our evidence-based resource directory here.

    • Journal Club Toolkit

    The Journal Club Toolkit consists of an array of documents and resources for planning and implementing a journal club. Read more here.