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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the author’s final published version in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 64, Issue 5, September/October 2010, Pages 776-785.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2010.09044 Copyright © American Occupational Therapy Association


This study investigated early intervention occupational therapists' use of strategies to teach caregivers. A sample of 40 videotapes made by early intervention occupational therapists was randomly selected from an archival videotape data set of provider home visits. The sample included 20 videotapes illustrating traditional services and 20 videotapes illustrating therapists providing participation-based services. Videotapes were rated using the Teaching Caregivers Scale, which rates three variables on 30-s intervals: (1) routine, (2) provider role, and (3) strategies used to teach caregivers during early intervention home visits. Regardless of the model of service, explicit teaching strategies were rarely used during home visits.

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