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Odeh, Christina

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


There is substantial evidence to support a family-centered, interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of children with disabilities. In the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, NIU’s School of Allied Health & Communicative Disorders held interdisciplinary developmental play groups for toddlers with disabilities and their parents led by graduate students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), and dietetic/nutrition (RDN) programs. This study intended to examine the effectiveness of this approach to treatment from the student’s perspective through completion of a quantitative and qualitative questionnaire. The interdisciplinary developmental play group proved to be beneficial for both the children and the students. Children increased socialization skills, motor ability, and willingness to try new things while the students learned the importance of communication with parents, team members, and children to facilitate the best possible outcomes.

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