Parental Occupational Executive Training: Feasibility and Parental Perceptions

Carmit Frisch, Sara Rosenblum, Emanuel Tirosh

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Young children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cope with functional difficulties attributed to executive dysfunction. This study evaluates the feasibility of the Parental Occupational Executive Training (POET) intervention. Parents of 71 children (4–7 years) with ADHD attended 8 to 10 weekly, personally tailored intervention sessions with an occupational therapist. Quantitative and qualitative measures were used to examine feasibility in four indices: parental attendance, adherence, and acceptance, and therapist fidelity. Parental attendance and home-strategy use during daily activities rates were high. Parents identified the occupational performance coaching model’s principles as supporting their ability to implement the intervention. Therapists demonstrated high fidelity to the POET’s theoretical bases. The POET is a feasible intervention with high parental attendance (98.61%), parental adherence (80.56%–94.44%), and therapist fidelity (100.00%). It can be implemented within child development centers and occupational therapy clinics and leads to parents’ increased adherence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-210
Number of pages8
JournalOTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Department of Graduate Studies of the University of Haifa and by Health care Services. This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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  • children
  • executive function
  • occupational performance
  • occupational therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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