ERIC Number: ED275110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Increasing Fathers' Participation in Therapeutic Intervention Programs for Exceptional Children.
Revelj, Elizabeth O.
In response to a research review indicating that few programs address the father's role in early intervention and preschool programs for the young exceptional child, a three-month practicum was designed which included fathers in physical therapy sessions and in daily home exercise programming for their developmentally disabled children. Practicum goals were to increase fathers': knowledge of early physical development and the importance of and opportunities for father-child interactions; participation in play and caregiving activities with their exceptional children; and responsibility in therapeutic program carryout at home. Implementation involved providing fathers with educational information, rescheduling therapy sessions for fathers' convenience, modeling appropriate physical interactions between children and fathers, and assigning fathers structured exercise programs to implement with their children at home. Of the 14 fathers contacted for participation, 10 attended one therapy session and 9 attended both scheduled sessions. All fathers demonstrated increased knowledge by raising their posttest scores, reporting positive benefits from the experience, and increasing the quality and quantity of interaction time with their exceptional children. Sixty percent of the fathers complied with home exercise tasks and recorded them appropriately. It is recommended that fathers be included in early intervention programs, and that there be frequent contact between the physical therapist and the fathers to ensure continuation of the home program. Appendices include handouts designed for fathers, general guides on early childhood education, instruments for assessing fathers' knowledge and progress, sample responses, and results of interviews with fathers. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University. Appendices may not reproduce well.