Title

A Long-Term Leisure Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disability in Residential Care Settings: Research to Practice

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

8 p.

Publication Date

9-2013

Publisher

Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Source Publication

Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Source ISSN

2154-1647

Abstract

We studied the effectiveness of an individually-tailored leisure program implemented by direct care staff in a residential program for 28 adults with severe to profound intellectual disability using a multiple baseline design across two homes over a 1½ year baseline and treatment period followed by another nearly 1½ year maintenance phase. The primary tool to assess program effectiveness was a simple and reliable direct observation measure of the percentage of time staff members were meaningfully engaged in leisure activities with the individuals with disability. After program effectiveness was established in the two experimental homes, it was expanded to nine new homes with 106 children and adults with disabilities. The outcome data for the expanded homes was similar to the original experimental homes. The challenges of implementing and maintaining a long-term leisure program in a residential setting are discussed.

Comments

Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 48, No. 3 (September 2013): 392-399. Permalink.