Findings from the Partnering for Change Project

Implementation of the Partnering for Change (P4C) model of service delivery resulted in earlier identification of children with special needs. Children who received the service demonstrated increased participation at school. Children with motor coordination challenges and other co-occurring health conditions, who had not previously been recognized, were identified when the occupational therapist (OT) spent regular time observing them in school. No formal assessments or diagnoses were required for service.

  • Far more children were reached by P4C OTs using a tiered approach.
  • Children’s ability to participate more independently improved across the school year.
  • Children who were in need of service were identified at a younger age in the P4C model. Relatively more girls were also identified.
  • Children were seen by the P4C OT many times in a year, if needed. The frequency of service was based on need rather than a “one size fits all” approach.