A Service Delivery Model for Children with DCD Based on Principles of Best Practice Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • AIMS: In this perspective article, we propose the Apollo model as an example of an innovative interdisciplinary, community-based service delivery model for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) characterized by the use of graduated levels of intensity and evidence-based interventions that focus on function and participation. METHODS: We describe the context that led to the creation of the Apollo model, describe the approach to service delivery and the services offered. RESULTS: The Apollo model has 5 components: first contact, service delivery coordination, community-, group-, and individual-interventions. This model guided the development of a streamlined set of services offered to children with DCD, including early-intake to share educational information with families, community interventions, inter-disciplinary and occupational therapy groups, and individual interventions. Following implementation of the Apollo model, wait-times decreased and the number of children receiving services increased, without compromising service quality. CONCLUSIONS: Lessons learned are shared to facilitate development of other practice models to support children with DCD.

publication date

  • October 2, 2015