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Introduction

This entry is written from a learning perspective that emphasizes the need to objectively evaluate behaviour as part of clinical assessment. Two practical and cost-effective techniques for obtaining behavioural samples (specimens) are discussed. The first method entails home tape recording of representative interactions. Methods of incorporating these data into treatment are discussed in addition to their assessment uses. Actigraphy is the second objective method. Behavioural measurements of waist and/or wrist activity every minute of the day and night for one, two, or more weeks can be very informative. Evidence demonstrating the desirability of obtaining behavioural measurements from children suspected of having ADHD is presented. The broader implications of these data are discussed.

Observation in Clinical Settings

A clinician's approach to assessment is driven either explicitly or implicitly ...

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