Description of a Pilot Project for Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Daycare and Community Settings

Can J Occup Ther. 2022 Sep 7:84174221121421. doi: 10.1177/00084174221121421. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Background. Occupational therapy interventions that promote and prevent children’s health and well-being aim to reduce health inequalities and foster protective factors. The purpose of this study is to describe a pilot community-based occupational therapy project for preschoolers in partnership with community organizations and childcare services. Method. A participatory action research approach was implemented with support from an advisory committee. An occupational therapist provided community-based occupational therapy services in a tiered organization model over one year. Findings. Services were offered in three tiers: 7 awareness workshops for parents and caregivers (Tier 1), 57 visits and 27 consultations in 8 community agencies (Tier 2), and 23 individual follow-ups (Tier 3). Implications. There is an opportunity to implement with community agencies and daycare settings an occupational therapy service based on community-based rehabilitation for children under 5 years of age.

PMID:36069023 | DOI:10.1177/00084174221121421

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