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The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children


Ziviani, J and Poulsen, A and Cuskelly, MM, The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, United Kingdom, pp. 296. ISBN 978-1-84905-125-5 (2013) [Edited Book]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/camh.12053_4


Placing motivation at the heart of all encounters and therapeutic activities, this book presents a groundbreaking, evidence-based model for working with children, including those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Drawing on Self-Determination Theory (SDT), the authors describe this innovative paradigm - the model of Synthesis of Child, Occupational Performance and Environment - in Time (SCOPE-IT) - and explain how it can be used to sustain the child's motivation and active involvement in the therapeutic process. They suggest ways of using language and of structuring and working with the environment to maximise engagement and autonomy and achieve the best possible treatment outcomes. The challenges professionals may face when working with children are also clearly addressed, and engaging case studies and photographs place the key theoretical concepts in a richly human and personal context.

Combining accessible theory with a wealth of tools and strategies for practice, this book is essential reading for all those working therapeutically with children, including occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists and psychotherapists.

Item Details

Item Type:Edited Book
Keywords:occupational therapy, special education, motivation
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, MM (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:126220
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-05-29
Last Modified:2018-10-12

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