Solution-Focused Coaching in Pediatric Rehabilitation: Perceived Therapist Impact Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Aims: This qualitative descriptive study explored perceived impacts of solution-focused coaching in pediatric rehabilitation (SFC-peds) from the viewpoint of experienced therapists.Methods: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with six participants (four occupational therapists and two physical therapists) who had incorporated SFC-peds into their practice for three years or longer. Participants were asked to describe perceived differences SFC-peds has made to their clinical practice, service provision, and relationships with clients and families. Interview transcripts were analyzed using the method of thematic analysis.Results: Three major themes, each with subthemes, were identified: 1) changes in therapists' perception of their roles; 2) increased service effectiveness; and 3) enhanced client capacity. Through long-term engagement with SFC-peds, participants have experienced a role shift from an expert adviser to a collaborative facilitator who assists clients and families with capacity building and self-discovery of solutions for their everyday environments.Conclusions: The findings suggest that SFC-peds can help participants reframe professional expertise and integrate principles of family-centred care into their day-to-day practice. Individual- and system-level support, along with flexibility in service structures and processes, may be needed to further the implementation of SFC-peds in service delivery.


  • Schwellnus, Heidi
  • Seko, Yukari
  • King, Gillian
  • Baldwin, Patricia
  • Servais, Michelle

publication date

  • May 3, 2020