Parents View On In-Home Occupational Therapy Service
Keywords:Occupational therapy, in-house service, parents, children with special needs, early intervention, interview
Home is a significant environment for any child with or without special needs and one of the important environments where occupational therapy is aimed to bring improvement if necessary in terms of quality of life. The current descriptive qualitative study was designed to find out parental perceptions about occupational therapies provided in their own environments with their children with special needs.
The participants of the study were five parents whose children with different special needs were getting private in-house occupational therapy services provided by the researcher at the moment of the study. The data for this study was collected through semi-structured interviews. Interviews were designed to understand how parents perceive in-house Occupational Therapy Services.
The findings of the study suggest significant improvements in the quality of life of their children with special needs, thus no one could specifically differ occupational therapy interventions in-home and in other professional settings. It is obvious because of the lack of settings in Armenia with Occupational Therapies and lack of information about the profession in general. Future research is recommended to be conducted between two different groups with Occupational Therapies in-home and other settings, with a larger group and more specific issues. Findings revealed that in-home services are convenient in many different aspects for parents of children with special needs and it should be considered for future practices.
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