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ERIC Number: EJ1160507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-1243
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Promoting Playfulness, Parent Competence, and Social Participation in Early Childhood Playgroups: A Pretest Posttest Design
Fabrizi, Sarah; Hubbell, Kristin
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, v10 n4 p346-365 2017
This study examined the effects of an inclusive, community-based playgroup intervention on parent and child outcomes. The role of occupational therapy as part of a team of providers in early childhood was also explored. Caregiver-child dyads (n = 36) were enrolled in one of three playgroup conditions (control, occupational therapy support, and occupational therapy led) across four community locations. Outcomes at pre-post 6-week playgroup determined child playfulness, play participation, parent competence, and social participation. Participation in playgroup increased child playfulness (p = 0.029, n2 = 0.140) across all conditions. The main effect comparing the three types of playgroup intervention was also significant (p = 0.023, n2 = 0.255), suggesting further research to determine specific factors that can enhance playgroup effectiveness. There were no significant effects on parent competence, play participation, or social participation of the groups. The occupational therapy provider can develop, implement, and/or support other early childhood providers to include effective playgroups as part of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services for young children and their families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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