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ERIC Number: EJ867779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0194-2638
Intensity of Therapy Services: What Are the Considerations?
Palisano, Robert J.; Murr, Susan
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, v29 n2 p107-122 2009
Research on intensity of therapy services is limited and perspectives often vary considerably among families, therapists, administrators, policy makers, and health insurers. In this commentary, the authors share their perspectives on intensity of physical therapy and/or occupational therapy services for children with developmental conditions. Five considerations are discussed: episode of therapy, readiness for activity and participation, method of service delivery, the distinction between intensity of therapy and practice of activity in natural environments, and the link between skill level and method of service delivery. We conclude that for children with developmental considerations, method of service delivery and intensity of therapy may differ for each episode of therapy based on contextual factors including child and family priorities and goals. In most situations, more than one method of service delivery can and should occur simultaneously. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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