Ingrid King, OT, has written research on a collaborative fine motor program for 5 year old children in New Zealand. A two phased mixed method design was utilized with 19 students in a 5 year old classroom (none of the students were receiving occupational therapy nor had a diagnosis). To measure changes in fine motor skills a group pre- and post-test was performed. A five year follow up study was completed to determine the teacher's perceptions. The intervention consisted of a fine motor program for the entire class led by the occupational therapist (which were then repeated by the teaching staff) one time per week for 8 weeks. Following the first 8 weeks, an additional fine motor program was completed for 12 weeks for only 6 of the students.
The results indicated the following:
- a significant difference was found in the groups fine motor performance following the the collaborative teaching training
- the teacher continued to use the knowledge and activities after the training was complete.
You can read the entire study here http://docs.com/ZH6H. Find out more about the fine motor program used for the study at www.myfantasticfingers.com
Reference: King, I. Then and Now: Addressing Young Students' Fine Motor Needs Through a Collaborative Modelling Teacher Training Intervention. Copyright 2014. Ingrid C. King www.myfantasticfingers.com
Need other ideas for a collaborative approach to school based occupational therapy? Check out the Coleman Curriculum for School Based Occupational Therapy at http://yourtherapysource.com/coleman.html