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Fine motor difficulties: the need for advocating for the role of occupational therapy in schools

Jackman, Michelle and Stagnitti, Karen 2007, Fine motor difficulties: the need for advocating for the role of occupational therapy in schools, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 168-173.

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Title Fine motor difficulties: the need for advocating for the role of occupational therapy in schools
Author(s) Jackman, Michelle
Stagnitti, Karen
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Volume number 54
Issue number 3
Start page 168
End page 173
Publisher Australian Association of Occupational Therapists, Inc.
Place of publication Subiaco, W.A.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0045-0766
1440-1630
Keyword(s) advocate
childhood development
consultation
education
teachers
Summary Background: Fine motor difficulties can impact on the academic, social and emotional development of a student. Aim: The aims of this paper are to: (i) investigate the need for support to students experiencing fine motor  difficulties from the perspective of their classroom teachers, and (ii) report on the level of knowledge teachers have in regard to the role of occupational therapists in supporting students with fine motor difficulties.  Methods: Fifteen teachers from a stratified random sample of public schools within two regions of Victoria, Australia, were interviewed in this qualitative, grounded theory investigation. Results: Results showed that the current level of support for students with fine motor difficulties is inadequate. Conclusion: Occupational therapists in Victoria need to advocate their role in developing the fine motor skills of students at both an organisational and an individual level in order to increase the access of students with fine motor difficulties to occupational therapy services.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Authors
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