Mothers' experiences of engaging in Occupational Performance Coaching

Graham, Fiona, Rodger, Sylvia and Ziviani, Jenny (2014) Mothers' experiences of engaging in Occupational Performance Coaching. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77 4: 189-197. doi:10.4276/030802214X13968769798791

Author Graham, Fiona
Rodger, Sylvia
Ziviani, Jenny
Title Mothers' experiences of engaging in Occupational Performance Coaching
Journal name British Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-0226
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4276/030802214X13968769798791
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 77
Issue 4
Start page 189
End page 197
Total pages 9
Place of publication SouthWark, London, United Kingdom
Publisher College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
Language eng
Subject 3609 Occupational Therapy
Abstract Introduction: Occupational Performance Coaching is an intervention provided to parents, which targets their goals in occupational performance for themselves and their children. Preliminary evidence points to its effectiveness; however, little is known about parents' experiences of engaging in Occupational Performance Coaching. Method:Within a larger mixed methods study, a purpose-designed survey comprising open and closed questions was used to explore parents' (N = 29) experiences of engaging in Occupational Performance Coaching. The survey targeted their impressions, learning experiences, and perceptions of the impact of Occupational Performance Coaching. Numerical data were analysed descriptively; written comments were analysed using content analysis. In this case all participants were mothers. Findings: Mothers' descriptions of Occupational Performance Coaching were largely positive. Learning experiences included gaining insights about themselves and their children alongside learning specific strategies to support their children's occupational performance. They reported greater understanding of their children and a perception that Occupational Performance Coaching had engendered a calmer, happier emotional tone within the family. Conclusion: Mothers perceived Occupational Performance Coaching as a valuable means to support their children and themselves to attain occupational performance goals. Findings prompt greater attention to coaching approaches and, more widely, the use of transformative learning as a means to enabling occupation.
Keyword Child
Child behaviour disorders
Motor skills disorders
Patient satisfaction
Professional-patient relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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