Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Caregiver coaching in early intervention - the example of COPCA
Authors: Akhbari Ziegler, Schirin
et. al: No
Conference details: International Congress 2021 of Early Detection and Early Intervention in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, virtual, 9-11 September 2021
Issue Date: 11-Sep-2021
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 615.82: Physical therapy
618.92: Pediatrics
Abstract: ‘COPing with and CAring for infants with special needs’ (COPCA) is a family-centred early intervention programme.1,2 The major intervention strategy of COPCA is caregiver coaching. To understand the background of COPCA’s coaching approach it is important to know the aims of the approach, the content of coaching, the required attitude of health professionals in the role of being a COPCA coach and the role allocation of the health professional and the family members. Various RCT’s3-5 showed, that COPCA’s coaching is a promising approach, which was associated with sustained improvement of infants’ and family outcomes. Caregiver coaching was associated with an increased motor repertoire of the infant and with better family empowerment and quality of life. Caregivers highly appreciate the support from coaches, because coaching enables them to autonomously promote their infant’s development by stimulating the infant to explore and try out activities during daily routines.6 The lecture provides explanations of potentially underlying mechanisms of the effectiveness of COPCA’s coaching. The COVID-pandemic confronted us with the need of remote intervention and tele-guidance of families. It increased awareness on the importance of including family members as active and equal partners in the intervention process. Coaching of family members, with the aim of empowering the family to support their child’s development in the home environment, turned out to be an essential intervention strategy in Covid times and in countries with limited access to early intervention services due to lack of health professionals or professionals being only available at large geographical distance. This will be illustrated during the lecture.
Fulltext version: Submitted version
License (according to publishing contract): Not specified
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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