ERIC Number: ED422958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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Development and Implementation of a Pediatric Resource Library in a Pediatric Department.
Raising a child with a disability requires an even greater amount of information than that needed to raise a "typical" child. This information is not as easily accessed as information regarding typically developing children. Parents require this information to help promote their child's development, learn information about diagnoses and treatment options, discover national and local resources, make informed decisions and be better advocates for their child. A resource library was designed and implemented in the therapy area of a rehabilitation hospital. The resource library provided a variety of information relevant to the care of a special needs child, including funding, diagnoses and national and community resources. Caregivers responded positively to the resource library. They found it convenient, helpful and filled with relevant information. Staff responded positively as well, as information was readily available to them, and when indicated, they were able to suggest that parents access more detailed information in the resource library. Caregivers improved in their fund of information and confidence levels in regards to caring for their disabled child after the implementation phase. Parents have requested that the resource library expand its features. (Appendices contain staff questionnaire on parent information, resource assessment, memo to hospital departments, cover letter, information assessments in English and Spanish, library index, figures and tables, as well as photocopy request forms.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.