Early Childhood Intervention

Program Information

The International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) has a focus on supporting research and evidence based practice in the area of Early Childhood Intervention. Dr Kobie Boshoff is the leader of this group of researchers. Examples of research projects undertaken in this area, are:

  • Establishment of Occupational Therapy services at the Parks, Cowandilla and Ocean View Children’s Centres
  • The collaborative development of an evaluation plan for the Allied Health Program in Children’s Centres 
  • The evaluation of the Allied Health Program in Children’s Centres 
  • The development of best practice guidelines for the Allied Health Program in Children’s Centres 
  • A Systematic review informing the service delivery framework of the Allied Health Program in Children’s Centres in South Australia. 
  • Professional development for Allied Heath Program in Children’s Centres 
  • A systematic review of the characteristics and practices related to interprofessional collaboration of Allied Health teams in Children’s Centres 
  • A systematic review of the effectiveness of the Wilbarger protocol with children.  
  • A pilot study of the effectiveness of the Wilbarger protocol on stress response in children with sensory overresponsivity
  • The development of a collaboration measurement tool for use in South Australian Children’s Centres.  
  • The development of key principles for confronting the challenges of collaboration of Allied Health staff in educational settings 
  • Developing foundations for robust occupational-therapy-based intervention studies to address the sensory needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia 
  • Testing and development of a new form to record progress on switch operation tasks for children with physical disabilities
  • Facilitation of Journal Clubs in Children Centres
  • Occupational Therapy in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

 Information About the Early Childhood Intervention Group

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The iCAHE has been involved in the allied health program in Children's Centres over the past number of years in various capacities. 

SA Health, DECD and iCAHE have worked together in supporting Allied Health staff in Children's Centre in their professional development and evaluation of their services. 

A number of projects have occurred and documents developed by iCAHE.

 

Evaluation Report

Front cover of 2014 evaluation report This report contains evaluation results for the Allied Health in Children’s Centres Program, over a 12 month period, from School Terms 3 and 4 of 2012 and terms 1 and 2 of 2013. The report provides evidence of the benefits of the program and gives a rich description of the services delivered.  The best available, comprehensive and consolidated results of the impact of the Allied Health Program are provided, drawing together results from various evaluation tools.  Kobie Boshoff from the International Centre of Allied Health Evidence facilitated the evaluation and collated data provided by the Allied Health staff.  Based on the results from this evaluation, the Allied Health Program is meeting its anticipated outcomes. On the basis of the results, the recommendations are made for consideration in further extending and refining the Allied Health Program. 

This document is available by contacting Kobie at kobie.boshoff@unisa.edu.au

Systematic Review on Collaborative Practice

This paper presents the results of a systematic review aimed at describing the characteristics and practices Allied Health teams’ interprofessional collaboration in Children’s Centres.  The review was conducted by means of a systematic search of data bases and subsequent review process. Results identified seven studies which describe characteristics and practices of collaboration of Allied Health teams in Children’s Centres. Descriptions of collaborative characteristics and practices were identified and grouped thematically. The themes derived are: (1) organisational aspects, including government imposed targets; processes for information collection; variation in funding structure; co-location of services and leadership (2) working relationships (3) internal processes, including team meetings, referrals and interprofessional team learning and (4) collaboration with external agencies.   Systematic review of Alllied health collaborative practice cover page

This document is available by contacting Kobie at kobie.boshoff@unisa.edu.au

Best Practice Guideline

Best Practice Guideline front page

In 2009, a Best Practice Guideline document for Occupational Therapy service delivery in Children's Centres was prepared as a result of the Needs Analysis phase, of the project titled "OT in Children's Centres".  This project was conducted at the Parks, Cowandilla and Ocean View Children's Centres. Literature reviews, evidence based reports, published research and professional opinion, as well as data gathered from the centres have formed the basis of this report.  Within this report best practice principles relevant to the occupational therapy role are explored, processes as necessary for service provision are discussed and workforce recommendations are made.  The report was presented to the Steering Group of the project in order to facilitate decision making in regards to the scope of the occupational therapy role.  

This document is available by contacting Kobie at kobie.boshoff@unisa.edu.au

Parks Project Report

Final Report Front PageThe Final Report of the Parks Project was presented to the Steering Group of the project titled "OT in Children's Centres" (broader title: Allied Health project: Parks, Cowandilla and Ocean View) in 2009 and reports on the project's implementation and outcomes.  The project was conducted at the Parks, Cowandilla and Ocean View Children's Centres during the period August 2009 - July 2010.  Contained in this report is the rationale for the project, the aims, objectives and strategies used as well as the outcomes of the project.  Recommendations are made for the continuation and sustainability of the project initiatives.  Companion documents to be read with this report are the documents entitled "Needs Analysis Report" (Boshoff and Clayton, 2009a) and the "Best Practice Guidelines for Occupational Therapy Service Delivery in Children's Centres" (Boshoff and Clayton, 2009b).

This document is available by contacting Kobie at kobie.boshoff@unisa.edu.au

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