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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
Research Report

Consensus Among Experts in Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy on Elements of Individualized Education Programs

Dole, Robin L. PT, EdD, PCS; Arvidson, Kristin MS, PT; Byrne, Eilish MS, PT; Robbins, Jodi MS, PT; Schasberger, Britta MS, PT

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to establish consensus among a sample of expert occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners on characteristics necessary for individualized education program (IEP) objectives to be educationally relevant, measurable, and appropriate in content.

Methods: The Delphi technique was used to survey 38 board-certified clinical specialists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Nine physical therapists and 29 occupational therapists agreed to participate.

Results: The results of a three-round survey process revealed six characteristics of measurability, six characteristics of educational relevance, and seven characteristics related to content that were agreed on by 75% or more of the respondents.

Conclusions: While IDEA is being readied for its next reauthorization, knowledge of these characteristics may be helpful to related service professionals in their participation for developing higher quality IEPs.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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