Parent and Teacher Perspectives of Barriers to Movement in Preschoolers with Special Needs

About the Study

This study identifies parent and teacher perceptions of barriers to movement in preschool age children with special needs. Several studies examining children over age 5 currently exist, but there is a lack of literature examining the barriers to physical activity in preschool age children.

There is reason to believe that children with special needs have an entirely different set of challenges to their participation in physical activity. Our study looks to investigate the perceptions of both parents and teachers.

This study identifies the existing barriers to physical activity for preschoolers with special needs as perceived by parents and teachers. Currently, there is a lack of research that focuses on the preschool population with special needs. The inclusion of teacher perspectives will not only give insight to the barriers in the educational environment, but it will allow us to draw conclusions regarding the difference between parental and teacher views.

This study analyzes the common themes of what participants perceive to be barriers to their preschooler’s physical activity.

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to identify parent and teacher perceptions of barriers to movement in preschool age children with special needs.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for this study if your child is between the ages of 3 to 5 years old and has an IEP with physical therapy as a related service.

Eligible participants may also be early childhood teachers or have special education teaching experience of 1 year or greater.

Eligible parents must be at least 21 years of age.