Health Psychology Blog

  • What's new with the BOT-3?

    by Melinda Cooper

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    The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency™ (BOT™) was the first standardized test I came across on my first fieldwork placement as an occupational therapy student. Back then, it came in a clunky metal case and used real pennies for the coin activities (I'm showing my age now!) Like many therapists, I feel like I've "grown up with” the BOT so I'm thrilled to be part of the team bringing the original BOT's “grandchild” — the BOT™-3 — into the world! We are all excited about this new edition, and we think you will be too!

    Here's a preview of some of the changes you can expect to see in this latest version.

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  • Discontinuation of Conners 3rd Edition Paper Products

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    Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS) has announced that as of 31st December 2023, they will discontinue the sale of all Conners 3 paper products (Quikscore/handscored forms and manuals). The following products will therefore no longer be available for purchase.

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  • The Rise of Digital Assessments

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    The shift to digital 

    I wonder how often we stop to look at our work or home environment and reflect on when technology became the ‘norm’. If you are like me, the answer to this question may not be very often at all! However, as I write this, I am surrounded by a wireless mouse (launched 1991), a mobile phone (first launched in 1984), and a laptop (launched in 1981) just for starters.

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  • Case study – assessing a child with a childhood trauma and hyperactive behaviour

    Hyperactivity disorders include the ones characterised by inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. The number of children with a hyperactivity disorder (as defined by ICD-10) is likely lower than the number of children with ADHD (as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as hyperactivity disorders have a more restrictive set of criteria.

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  • Case study – Using the WPPSI-IV UK and the WIAT-III UK together to gain greater insight into a child’s abilities

    A child of 6 years was referred for difficulties across a variety of developmental areas. William (not his real name) did not have any formal diagnosis but had some difficulties with writing and reading. The initial referral and consultation highlighted the fact that Willliam was very small for his age, summer born and immature across most developmental areas in comparison to his peers. Initially, the referral focused on the output William produced, reading words and writing sentences. However, as the consultation progressed, there also appeared to be some other difficulties with social and physical development.

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