Baby's First Three Years: A Child Development Resource Guide for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

Graduation Date


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy

Department or Program Chair

Ruth Ramsey, EdD, OTR/L

Thesis Advisor

Bonnie Napier-Tibere, EdD, OTR/L


Parents with intellectual disabilities need parenting support and early-intervention services for their children. Currently there are few child development resources available written at a level parents with intellectual disabilities can understand and use. To meet this need, a child development resource guide was created for parents with intellectual disabilities to use during a child’s first three years. The resource was used during a month-long pilot study by staff at Through the Looking Glass in Berkeley, California The staff used the resource with a family and/or evaluated it through self-examination then completed a survey, rating six statements about the resource on a Likert scale. The results indicated that the resource was successful and can be an effective therapy tool to increase appropriate interactions between parents with intellectual disabilities and their children.

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