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 need 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 dationsa re presentedr egardingt he educationa nd preparationo f occupational therapists for their new directions in early intervention and the potential increase in demands for their services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopmental Disabilities
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook for Occupational Therapists
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)0866569596, 9781136554445
ISBN (Print)9780866569590
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions


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