Academic and Clinical Education
Interprofessional education (IPE) provides an opportunity for students of two or more disciplines to learn about, from, and with each other as they simultaneously develop teamwork competencies. While there is ample evidence supporting IPE in enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork, a gap continues to exist in the successful translation of IPE to effective interprofessional practice (IPP). The presenter will discuss the various perspectives of an interprofessional team, (PT, OT, special educators, classroom teachers, principal, and professional level allied health students) as they collaboratively designed a school-based, pro bono 9-week service learning program to support children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Description of the program will be linked to the state of the art literature on theoretical approaches to assessment and treatment of children with DCD and how the approach used in this study fits in with existing knowledge. Benefits of activity-based intervention programs conducted by multiple disciplines in the natural school environment for both participating children as well professional level allied health students will be discussed. Participants will leave this session with the knowledge to create a school-university partnership among educators, and occupational and physical therapists, specifically geared toward enhancing school participation for children with DCD.