OT and ADHD – Free OT CEU Course

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OT and ADHD with Bryden Carlson-Giving

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The number of children diagnosed with ADHD has been steadily increasing. Now it is estimated that 1/10 children will be diagnosed with ADHD at some point.

Even though about half of these children receive some type of behavioral treatment, there has been a lack of studies around OT-specific support for ADHDer children. 

In this one hour OT CEU course, we will look at a study of an OT program for ADHD that features: 

  • Children setting their own goals
  • A focus on daily time management
  • Time-assisted devices  

This program led to significant improvement in performance and satisfaction! 

After we review the article, we’re excited to discuss this research with ADHDer and pediatric OT, Bryden Carlson-Giving, OTD, OTR/L. He and I will discuss the practical implications of this research for OTs. 

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Earn 1 hour of continuing education

1. Listen to the podcast for free.

2. Sign up for the OT Potential Club.

3. Pass the quiz and download your certificate!

Primary Journal Article Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to recognize neurodiversity affirming assessment to utilize with ADHDer children. 
  • You will be able to identify strengths-based approaches you can utilize in treatment.

OT and ADHD Resources

Neurodiversity-Affirming Assessments

Websites Related to OT and ADHD


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with Bryden Carlson-Giving) (50 minutes)

  • 00:12:24 Why Bryden prefers identity-first language
  • 00:17:09 “Vaster” and strengths related to ADHD
  • 00:24:24 Article impressions
  • 00:29:36 Explaining ADHD to an adult
  • 00:33:24 Explaining ADHD to a child
  • 00:35:26 OT assessments and ADHD
  • 00:40:07 Strengths-based OT supports and treatments
  • 00:45:47 ADHD resources
  • 00:48:39 Future vision of OTs supporting neurodivergent individuals
  • 00:56:36 Final thoughts
This course on OT and ADHD is AOTA approved!

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & more. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

If this course were to be canceled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about OT for ADHD.  The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic.  Our guest, Bryden Carlson-Giving, also has no financial disclosures.


Bryden Carlson-Giving, OTD, OTR/L

Bryden Carlson-Giving, OTR/L

Bryden Carlson-Giving is a neurodivergent and disabled occupational therapy practitioner with experience in pediatric outpatient, inpatient, and school-based settings. He is passionate about community-defined evidence practice, mental health promotion, trauma-informed care, and incorporating strengths-based approaches to promote a positive self-identity for his students. Read full bio.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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OT and ADHD - Free OT CEU Course • OT Potential

Today we’ll be covering “OT for ADHD.” We’ll look at new research and discuss it with Bryden Carlson-Giving.

Course Provider: Organization

Course Provider Name: OT Potential

Course Provider URL: https://otpotential.com/

Course Mode: Online

Start Date: 2023-09-04

Duration: 01:00:00

Repeat Count: 5

Repeat Frequency: Yearly

Course Type: Free

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