Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Coaching in early physical therapy intervention : the COPCA program as an example of translation of theory into practice
Authors: Akhbari Ziegler, Schirin
Dirks, Tineke
Hadders-Algra, Mijna
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1448468
Published in: Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume(Issue): 41
Issue: 15
Pages: 1846
Pages to: 1854
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0963-8288
Language: English
Subjects: COPCA; Early intervention; Coaching; Pediatric physiotherapy; Family-centered practice; Neuronal group selection theory
Subject (DDC): 615.82: Physical therapy
Abstract: Background: Coaching is en vogue in pediatric physiotherapy, but often applied rather unspecific and undefined. Methods: This paper aims to describe coaching in early physiotherapy intervention, taking the specific coaching approach of the family-centered program “COPing with and CAring for infants with special needs” (COPCA) as a case in point. Results: The theoretical underpinnings of coaching in COPCA, including a meta-model, family-centered practice, the Neuronal Group Selection Theory and the goal-oriented coaching approach, are discussed. Next, the translation of theory into practical ingredients for coaching of families of a child with special needs is presented. The latter includes the appreciation of family autonomy and attitudes, and the creativity to ask specific questions to support the families in making their own decisions to promote their child’s development during daily care-giving routines. Conclusion: It is concluded that the approach of coaching is demanding for both families and pediatric physiotherapists. It requires an active role of the family members in the intervention process and for therapists that they incorporate the attitude of a coach that largely differs from the attitude of the traditional therapist. For families and pediatric physiotherapists appreciating these changes in attitude, COPCA’s coaching offers a promising form of early intervention.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Not specified
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Physiotherapeutische Intervention bei Säuglingen mit neuromotorischen Funktionsstörungen
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