Kris A Pizur-Barnekow

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OBJECTIVE The authors examined whether changes in vagal tone were related to infant visual attention during auditory and visual events paired (synchronous) and not paired (asynchronous) in time. They predicted that infants would demonstrate greater visual attention to the synchronous slideshow and that vagal tone would decrease with visual attention. (More)
OBJECTIVE Physical and psychological health indicators of mothers who gave birth to medically complex infants were examined to explore potential risk factors for the development of chronic conditions and to develop a scholarly base that supports the inclusion of maternal health in the scope of early intervention practice. METHOD Ten mothers completed the(More)
Maternal childbearing attitudes and self-definition as related to maternal perceptions of infant temperament were investigated in a pilot study. Maternal attitudes, self-definition, and perceptions of infant temperament were determined through mothers' self-report. Results indicated that maternal attitudes-including self-confidence and feelings toward(More)
The purpose of this paper is to discuss an innovative assignment, The Occupational Outline and Disability Status Report, and to describe how a community-academic partnership was formed. Community-academic collaborations provide students with the opportunity to observe children in natural environments. This partnership facilitates the development of clinical(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived preparedness of practitioners in the early identification of children ages birth to 6 yr with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Both occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants were included in this survey study. The online survey instrument consisted of 29 questions within six sections(More)
This descriptive study examined the readability levels of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs). The readability of 85 de-identified IFSP documents developed by seven agencies that serve families and children enrolled in a county early intervention program was analyzed using Flesch Kincaid grade levels and Flesch reading ease scores. The average(More)
Although the contributions of reading ability and numeracy skills in successful navigation of health-related systems are understood, the skills that comprise interactive and critical health literacy are not fully explicit. Using a phenomenological approach and the conceptual frame of health literacy as an asset, we conducted focus group interviews with 35(More)
The Preparing Academically Successful Students in Maternal and Child Health (MCH PASS) training program provided financial support and specialized training to occupational therapy (OT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in maternal and child health. The project assisted undergraduate trainees to(More)
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