The preschool activity card sort

Christine Berg, Patti LaVesser

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Measuring the participation of preschoolers (children between 3 and 6 years of age) with disabilities in everyday activites has become a professional mandate for occupational therapists. This study outlines the development of the Preschool Activity Card Sort, which can establish a child's occupational profile through parent interview. Six of the nine International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health activity and participation domains are included in the Preschool Activity Card Sort. A literature review and an analysis of parent time logs were used to compile photographs of preschoolers engaged in typical activities. Parents respond to these photographs during discussion about their child's participation in these everyday activities. When a child does not participate in age-appropriate activities, the Preschool Activity Card Sort helps determine whether it is due to child, family, or environmental barriers. Identifying these barriers assists the therapist and the family in determining therapeutic goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalOTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006


  • Everyday activities
  • Participation
  • Pediatric assessment


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