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Critically Appraised Topic

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Clinical Question

What are the effects of child training on children exhibiting disruptive behavioral problems when compared with other treatment methods for this population?

Clinical Bottom Line

Recent evidence supports the need for child-parent and parent-teacher training for families with children exhibiting disruptive behavioral problems; however, there is limited support for child-based therapy approaches for children exhibiting behavioral problems.

Typically, pediatric occupational therapists have a role in treating children who have a disruption in occupational tasks as a result of a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, children exhibiting disruptive behaviors may not qualify for occupational therapy treatment due to a significant lack of research supporting the effects of occupational therapy on children exhibiting occupational therapy. The aim of this critical appraisal is to explore research that supports the benefit of child training in order to promote further exploration of child specific training techniques including occupational therapy.