Children’s behaviour in Beginning Days of School: Occupational Therapy Intervention based Study


  • Neha Negi
  • Prameela Kandula



Behaviour, Occupational Therapy, Preschool, Transit


Background: For some children, transits may be frustrating or may provoke anxiety, and it may lead
to challenging behaviours.
Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the influence of occupational therapy intervention on
gradual change in behaviour of a child in preschool, while transit.
Methods: Eighteen pre-schoolers in control and eighteen pre-schoolers in experimental group were
assigned (12 females and 24 males). Based on randomized controlled study design Preschool Behaviour
Questionnaire (PBQ) was used to assess the pre-schoolers behaviour.
Result: According to the result the experimental pre-post analysis (P=0.00; 95%CI: 18.96, 22.90) were
statistically lower than the control group pre-post analysis (P=0.201; 95%CI: -8.23,35.98) and showed
a significant improvement in behaviour of a pre-schooler while transit from home to school which was
the principal focus area of occupational therapy.
Conclusion: The study reflected significant improvement in certain behavioural areas like command
following, sitting tolerance and peer interaction in pre-schoolers with occupational therapy early
intervention program

Author Biographies

Neha Negi

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy,  Acharya Institute of Allied Health Sciences Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Prameela Kandula

Professor, Principal, Acharya Institute of Allied Health Sciences Bangalore, Karnataka, India