Zeina Dhaybi

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Doreen Bartlett


An educational package was proposed to enhance parental knowledge, confidence and childrearing practices to support early motor development of infants bom preterm. This educational package is based on: the Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS), the Infant Characteristics Questionnaire (ICQ), the Environmental Opportunities Questionnaire (EOQ), and the Daily Activities of Infants Scale (DAIS).

The educational package was assessed through a longitudinal case series of three infants bom preterm at moderate risk for adverse motor outcomes, and their parents, who were followed monthly through home visits.

Parents found the AIMS to be a more useful educational tool than the DAIS. The DAIS was found difficult to complete. However, the AIMS and DAIS fulfilled their role in providing anticipatory guidance, suitability and readability of information due to the written information and pictorial illustrations. Parents did not perceive the ICQ and EOQ to be useful as educational tools despite their role in intervention planning.



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