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Relationship-focused parenting intervention to support developmental outcomes for a young child with cerebral palsy: A practice application
journal contributionposted on 13.08.2018, 00:00 by J Barfoot, Pamela Meredith, J Ziviani, K Whittingham
Statement of context: The effectiveness of early intervention for children with developmental disabilities is thought to be related to parental sensitivity and responsiveness. A brief relationship-focused occupational therapy intervention for Shelly, a young girl with cerebral palsy, and her mother, Jane, is described. Critical reflection on practice: The distress of both mother and child at presentation compromised the ability of therapists to provide developmentally orientated interventions. Focusing on parent-child interactions enabled Shelly to make both emotional and physical gains, and facilitated ongoing interventions. Implications for practice: Observations in this practice application demonstrate the need for further research into parenting interventions and developmental outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. © The Author(s) 2015.