Occupational performance coaching with parents to promote community participation and quality of life of young children with developmental disabilities: A feasibility evaluation in hong kong

Chi Wen Chien (Corresponding Author), Yuen Yi Cynthia Lai, Chung Ying Lin, Fiona Graham

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Participation in community activities contributes to child development and health-related quality of life (HRQOL), but restricted participation has been reported in children with disabilities. Occupational performance coaching (OPC) is an intervention that targets participatory goals in child performance through coaching parents, with evidence of effectiveness for pediatric populations. Little is known about the feasibility of OPC in Hong Kong, or its effect on children’s community participation and HRQOL. A mixed-methods case study design was applied to explore Hong Kong parents’ experience of OPC in relation to goal achievement, community participation, and HRQOL change in children. Four parents of young children with developmental disabilities (aged five to six years) received OPC for three to eight sessions within one to three months. Quantitative pre-and post-intervention data were analyzed descriptively. Semi-structured interviews with parents were conducted at post-intervention, and analyzed using content analysis. Results showed a trend of improvement in goal performance, child involvement in community activities, and specific aspects of HRQOL among most participants. Parents perceived undertaking OPC positively, described gaining insights and skills, and felt supported. The findings suggest that OPC warrants further investigation for use in Hong Kong, to promote children’s community participation and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7993
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • Community participation
  • Developmental disability
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Hong Kong
  • Occupational performance coaching
  • Preschool-aged children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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