Publications by authors named "Carolanne Aaron"

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Relationships among family participation, team support, and intensity of early intervention services.

Phys Occup Ther Pediatr 2014 Nov 25;34(4):343-55. Epub 2014 Mar 25.

1Department of Physical Therapy, Touro College , New York, NY , USA.

Aims: In America, children with disabilities and their families may receive early intervention (EI) services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The IDEA mandates that decisions on service delivery are based on the needs of the child and family. It is unclear how decisions on intensity of services are made in EI. The purpose of this study was to determine whether parent participation and team support are determinants of the recommendation for intensity of service at the initial Individualized Family Service Planning (IFSP) meeting.

Methods: The participants were 63 parents of children 2-33 months of age and 74 professionals. The first author observed all IFSP meetings and completed the Parent Participation Measure. Following the meeting, parents completed a demographic form, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, and the Family Needs Survey. The recommended intensity of service was recorded.

Results And Conclusions: Parent participation and team support were not significant determinants of intensity of EI service after controlling for child development and family needs (R2 = 0.145, p = .14). The recommended intensity of service was 240 min per month for 57% of the families suggesting that factors other than parent participation and team support influenced the decision on intensity of service.
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November 2014

A description of professional pediatric physical therapy education.

Pediatr Phys Ther 2011 ;23(2):201-4

Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Purpose: The purpose of this work was to reexamine the status of professional pediatric physical therapy education in the United States.

Methods: A task force designed a 16-item survey and contacted representatives from all professional physical therapy programs.

Results: Surveys were gathered from 151 programs for a return rate of 75%. Much variability exists across programs in total number of hours devoted to pediatrics (range, 35-210 hours). In addition, almost 60% of respondents indicated that the individual responsible for delivering the pediatric content will be retiring within the next 15 years.

Conclusion: These results describe current pediatric professional education and provide numerous opportunities and challenges for the development of optimal professional pediatric education.
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September 2011