Recommendations for occupational therapy interventions for adults with ADHD: a consensus statement from the UK adult ADHD network

Adamou, Marios; Asherson, Philip; Arif, Muhammad; Buckenham, Louise; Cubbin, Sally; Dancza, Karina; Gorman, Kirstie; Gudjonsson, Gísli; Gutman, Sharon; Kustow, James; Mabbott, Kerry; May-Benson, Teresa; Muller-Sedgwick, Ulrich; Pell, Emma; Pitts, Mark; Rastrick, Suzanne; Sedgwick, Jane; Smith, Kath; Taylor, Clare; Thompson, Lucy; van Rensburg, Kobus; Young, Susan

ADHD is neurodevelopmental disorder which persists into adulthood. Presently, therapeutic approaches are mainly pharmacological and psychological whilst the role, scope and approaches of occupational therapists have not been adequately described.

In this consensus statement we propose that by assessing specific aspects of a person’s occupation, occupational therapists can deploy their unique skills in providing specialist interventions for adults with ADHD. We also propose a framework with areas where occupational therapists can focus their assessments and give practice examples of specific interventions.

Occupational therapists have much to offer in providing interventions for adults with ADHD. A unified and flexible approach when working with adults with ADHD is most appropriate and further research on occupational therapy interventions is needed.

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September 22, 2023


Occupational therapy, Adult ADHD, Multidisciplinary intervention, Sensory intervention, Post diagnostic support