Factors affecting parental compliance with an oral-motor home program
Herzog, Mary Anne
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Home programs are often recommended to parents of a child with a disability. Professionals recommending home programs must remain aware of factors influencing the parents' ability to comply with them. Data were collected from 22 parents of children with oral-motor home programs using survey methodology. The dependent variables are parental compliance with equipment and exercise recommendations. Independent variables include parent demographics, child demographics, special education/related services and program characteristics. Survey responses were divided into high and low compliance groups for each dependent variable. Data were analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U-test to compare the group means for interval data and Fisher's exact test to compare the frequency of responses for each group. Significant relationships were found between parental compliance and other oral-motor recommendations, physical therapy, and the location where speech services were provided. This information may assist professionals in identifying factors that are important to families, resulting in improved compliance.