To explore perceptions of caregivers of children with neurodevelopmental conditions participating in an interdisciplinary intensive therapy program.
Semi-structured interviews were completed with caregivers. The intensive program consisted of occupational, physical, and/or speech therapy 3 to 6.5 hours/day, 3 to 5 days/week, for 4 weeks. Team-based collaborative goal setting was used to determine each child's plan of care. Reflexive thematic analysis identified interview themes.
Thirteen caregivers participated. Children ranged in age from 6 to 13 years; diagnoses included cerebral palsy (n = 10), spina bifida (n = 1), ataxia (n = 1), and stroke (n = 1). An overarching theme of Immersive was identified; other themes included Everybody's Empowered, Principles of Neuroplasticity, Progress Across the ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health) Framework, It Takes a Team, and Benefits Outweigh the Challenges.
Caregivers valued interdisciplinary intensive therapy. For children with complex rehabilitation needs, an interdisciplinary, intensive therapy program may be a viable alternative to traditional therapy models for service delivery.