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Research Article  |   March 1992
A Mobility Skills Training Program for Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Author Affiliations
  • Claudia A. McInerney, MOT, OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist, Services for Physically Handicapped Students, Department of Special Education and Related Services, 8001 Lynnbrook Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. At the time of this study, she was in private practice and a lecturer with the Occupational Therapy Program, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Maurice McInerney, PhD, is a Senior Researcher, Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Practice
Research Article   |   March 1992
A Mobility Skills Training Program for Adults With Developmental Disabilities
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1992, Vol. 46, 233-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.3.233
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1992, Vol. 46, 233-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.3.233
Abstract

Twenty-nine adults with developmental disabilities were trained by an occupational therapist to use city buses for leisure outings to local shopping malls. Program evaluation was based on the number of times each program participant used his or her mobility skills to make an independent leisure outing. These data were collected for 1 year after each person left the program and were analyzed with the use of multiple regression procedures. The results revealed that the participants maintained their mobility skills for 1 year. Older women who shared common leisure interests as well as persons who were afforded more intensive individualized training were especially likely to use the city bus for leisure outings after the treatment program ended. This study demonstrates the long-term effectiveness of occupational therapy when specific treatment goals are matched with individualized training sequences for persons with developmental disabilities.