ERIC Number: ED349743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-22
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing a Family Centered Program for Physically Impaired/Developmentally Delayed Preschool Children To Bridge the Therapeutic Gap between School and Home.
Kluger, Karen P.
This practicum addresses the problem of limited interaction between physical therapists and families of developmentally delayed/physically impaired preschool-age children. A program was developed in which the physical therapist was videotaped handling and exercising a child, while explaining the purpose of the movements and instructing the parent on how to perform the particular therapeutic exercises. At weekly home visits, the videotape was shown to the parent, and the parent was videotaped performing the prescribed exercises. The videotape was then shown to the therapist for evaluation. Results indicated that with step-by-step instruction by a licensed physical therapist, and through the use of videotape and a home trainer who has some knowledge of physical therapy, parents of physically impaired/developmentally delayed preschool-age children can successfully implement a prescribed home therapy program and feel more confident when physically handling their child. The response to the project from both staff and parents was very favorable, and incorporation into future agency services was being explored. Appendixes include parent questionnaires, transcripts of interviews with a physical therapist, and a parent participation statement. (11 references) (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Developmental Delays
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.