Early intervention: New directions for occupational therapists

Roseann C. Schaaf, Laura N. Gitlin

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This paper provides an overview of the critical nced for early intervention services, the specific role of occupational therapists in early intervention settings, and the training implications for the preparation of occupational Therapists with expanded roles, responsibilities and skills. An intervention approach that is multidisciplinary, culturally relevant, and family centered in nature is proposed as one way of redefining the occupational therapist's contribution and strategy in early intervention settings. Recommendations are presented regarding the education and preparation of occupational thera ists for their new directions in early intervention and the potenliarincrease in demands for their services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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