Friday, June 3, 2011

Special Needs Kids: Therapy/Early Intervention Strategies

 A recent study published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), Identifying Strategies Early Intervention Occupational Therapists Use to Teach Caregivers, compared different occupational therapy strategies and outcomes.  The study focused on the vital role of the family as the teacher of the child and the role of the therapist as the family educator. 

The study compared Early Intervention service approaches of therapists with children requiring therapeutic intervention and the families most often the moms.  This study although conducted with Early Intervention service providers can be generalized to outpatient therapists, school therapists (teacher having caregiver role) and many other venues in which OT is practiced.