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Supporting Students with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD): An Intervention ModelAuthor(s): Cheryl Missiuna; Nancy Pollock; Wenonah Campbell; Robin Gaines; Cindy DeCola; John Cairney; Dianne Russell; Elizabeth Molinaro; Sheila Bennett; Catherine Hecimovich (2012)
Many students in Ontario’s public schools receive occupational therapy services to meet a variety of needs. Often, this involves a qualified occupational therapist (OT) working one-on-one with a student within the school setting. Unfortunately, there are not enough OTs available to work with all of the students who need support, and students can wait between 1 to 2 years on a waitlist before receiving OT service (Deloitte & Touche, 2010).

Partnering for Change (P4C) is an innovative service delivery intervention model for students with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).In the P4C intervention model, OTs work with classroom teachers and parents to build their capacity in supporting students’ occupational therapy needs. For example, OTs will coach parents and teachers to identify and implement strategies to improve students’ functioning at school.

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