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Service delivery in school based occupational therapy: Perceived effectiveness of the inclusion (push-in) model vs. the pull-out model


1998 1998

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate if: (1) the inclusion (push-in) model is perceived to be more effective than the pull-out model in school-based occupational therapy service delivery on three dimensions (academic abilities, social/emotional skills, and societal benefits), (2) OTs' and teachers' perceptions regarding these models were different, and (3) communication between professionals was positively correlated with perceived effectiveness of the inclusion model. A survey questionnaire was administered to all subjects participating in the study (22 occupational therapists and 43 teachers).

Major findings indicated that the first hypothesis was partially supported. The "societal benefits" dimension was perceived to be more effective in the inclusion model, yet the pull-out model was perceived to be more effective in terms of the "academic abilities" dimension. The second hypothesis was rejected since both groups had similar perceptions regarding each model on all three dimensions. The third hypothesis was partially supported. The subjective measures of communication showed a significant positive correlation with all the three dimensions. The objective measure of communication was significantly positively correlated with the "academic abilities" and the "societal benefits" dimensions. Results from the three hypotheses suggest that further research is needed with a larger sample population.

Two additional research questions were postulated: (1) younger students receive more services than older students do, and (2) the inclusion model was utilized more often than the pull-out model in school-based occupational therapy. It was found that younger students receive more services than older students do and that the pull-out model was utilized more often than the inclusion model in school-based OT.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Rehabilitation;
Therapy;
Education
Classification
0382: Rehabilitation
0382: Therapy
0515: Education
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Education
Title
Service delivery in school based occupational therapy: Perceived effectiveness of the inclusion (push-in) model vs. the pull-out model
Author
Kehagias, Geraldine
Number of pages
85
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
1512
Source
MAI 44/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542322341, 054232234X
Advisor
Daffner, Claire
University/institution
Touro College
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
EP14701
ProQuest document ID
304503244
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304503244
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