Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Helen Masin

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Anne Hull

Third Advisor's Name

Susan Kaplan

Fourth Advisor's Name

Jennifer Lander


Developmentally disabled children, Parents of children with disabilities

Date of Defense



Public Law 102-119 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1991), mandates that family members, if they wish, participate in developing a plan of treatment for their child. Traditionally, therapist have not relied on parental assessments based upon the assumption that parents overestimate their child's abilities. The present study compared parental perceptions about the developmental status of their child's fine motor abilities to the therapist's interpretation of a standardized assessment using the Peabody Developmental Motor Scale (Fine Motor). Thirty seven children, enrolled in an early intervention program, and their parents were recruited for the study. The results indicated that the parents and the therapist estimates were highly correlated and showed no significant differences when paired t-tests were computed for developmental ages and scaled scores. However, analyses of variances were significantly correlated for gender and number of siblings.




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