Abstract

Data from 8 mothers of preschool children with cerebral palsy were collected through intensive interviews concerning their experience with home programs. The data were analyzed with qualitative techniques. Each mother had previously participated in or attempted to use a home treatment program with her child, but none was currently doing so. The mothers’ descriptions suggest that they selected activities that were do-able and that they could integrate into their daily routines and interactions. Some important characteristics of these activities were that they were enjoyable for the child and not stressful for the child, the mother, or the family.

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