Activities in daily living and schoolwork task performance in children with complex congenital heart disease
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2008
©2008 The Author(s)/Journal Compilation © 2008 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica/Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 97, Issue 9, pages 1270–1274, September 2008
How to Cite
Granberg, M., Rydberg, A. and Fisher, A. G. (2008), Activities in daily living and schoolwork task performance in children with complex congenital heart disease. Acta Paediatrica, 97: 1270–1274. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.00880.x
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2008
- Received 11 February 2008; revised 24 April 2008; accepted 24 April 2008.
- Heart disease;
- Occupational therapy;
Aim: To examine if children with complex congenital heart disease (CHD) differ significantly from healthy children in performance of activities in daily living (ADL) and schoolwork tasks.
Methods: Fourteen children with complex CHD (3–14 years) were matched in pairs by age and gender to healthy children (n = 14). The ADL Taxonomy was used to evaluate ability to perform ADL and the School Version of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) to evaluate quality of schoolwork task performance.
Results: The children with complex CHD had significantly lower mean ADL, school motor and school process performance. Eight of the pairs differed significantly in school motor ability, ten in school process performance and nine in ability to perform ADL.
Conclusion: This study indicates that there is a difference in overall performance both in ADL and schoolwork task performance between children with complex CHD and healthy children. These findings may suggest that early interventions should be provided for children with complex CHD, who often do not receive such services, in order to enhance participation in childhood ADL and schoolwork.