Short-term, Intensive Neurodevelopmental Treatment Program Experiences of Parents and Their Children With Disabilities

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Abstract

Purpose:

Parents' perspectives on intervention and functional changes in children were investigated following an intensive neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) program of 1 to 2 weeks (5 consecutive days per week; 2-4 h/d).

Methods:

Thirteen parents and their children (aged 1-17 years) with neuromotor conditions participated in a short-term, intensive program conducted by NDT certified pediatric therapists. A mixed-method design was used: a qualitative phenomenological approach of inquiry for parent perspectives and a pre/posttest quasi-experimental design for weekly intervention changes using Goal Attainment Scaling and the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure.

Results:

Through interviews, parents reported positive experiences with the intensive NDT program. Child participants demonstrated significant improvements in Goal Attainment Scaling (P < .001) and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (P < .001) scores pre- to postintervention.

Conclusions:

A short-term, intensive NDT program was perceived by parents as beneficial and supported functional improvements. Valued were expert, compassionate therapists; collaboration; objective goals; home programming; and individualized intervention. Scheduling, financial support, and fatigue were difficulties.

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