An occupational perspective on the assessment of social competence in children

Lim, S. M. and Rodger, S. (2008) An occupational perspective on the assessment of social competence in children. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71 11: 469-481.

Author Lim, S. M.
Rodger, S.
Title An occupational perspective on the assessment of social competence in children
Journal name British Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-0226
Publication date 2008-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 71
Issue 11
Start page 469
End page 481
Total pages 13
Place of publication London
Publisher College of Occupational Therapists
Language eng
Subject C1
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Abstract Maintaining relationships and interacting socially are essential aspects of the occupational performance of childhood and adolescence. Social participation occurs during many childhood occupations, such as play and school work. Occupational therapists assess and treat children with difficulties in social participation. Rather than assessing a child's social skills deficits in isolation, the use of occupation-based theoretical models guides clinicians to consider the individual in his or her environments and during occupations. Familiarity with existing models of social competence and available assessment tools provides occupational therapists with the basis for a comprehensive assessment of children. This paper presents an occupational therapy model (the Model of Human Occupation), models of social competence from cognate fields and a range of assessment tools in order to guide occupational therapists in assessing and treating children with social participation difficulties in a more occupation-centred manner. The paper also presents a rationale for the use of multiple methods for a comprehensive assessment of a child's social competence.
Keyword Social skills
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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