Coaching in early physiotherapy interventions

Are coaching interventions feasible and useful in early paediatric physiotherapy?

Coaching is becoming an increasingly popular intervention in the field of health promotion; however, its application tends to lack specific rules and well-defined roles. Nevertheless, previously designed coaching interventions have shown promising results in children with developmental disabilities in terms of empowerment outcomes.

The COPing with and CAring for infants with special needs (COPCA) is an early
intervention programme using coaching as main strategy, which is based on family-centered practice, the behaviour variability and adaptability in infant development, and the transactional model of children's interaction with each other and caregivers.


Coaching methods in general may offer interesting benefits in early paediatric physiotherapy, as they promote family/ caregiver empowerment when dealing with a child with disability.

Furthermore, they promote an individualised approach to infant development and encourage the child and caregivers to understand the development impairments rather than relying on the therapist to drive the rehabilitation process in a hands-on manner.

> From: Ziegler et al., Disabil Rehabil 41 (2019) 1846-1854 . All rights reserved to Informa UK Ltd. Click here for the online summary.

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