NEED ASSESSMENT OF AN INTERVENTIONAL PACKAGE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF FINE MOTOR SKILLS OF CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
The main objectives of the study were to assess the need for an interventional package for teachers of children with cerebral palsy for the development of their fine motor skills, to identify the areas of deficiencies of children with cerebral palsy to be compensated through an interventional package for teachers of children with cerebral palsy for the development of their fine motor skills and to analyze the usability and feasibility of an interventional package for teachers of children with cerebral palsy for the development of their fine motor skills. The study was descriptive. Further, it was survey research. All stakeholders of children with cerebral palsy,i.e. teachers, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, were constituted as the study population. A sample of 60 teachers was taken by using a simple random sampling technique. The physiotherapists (N=10) and occupational therapists (N=10) were selected using the purposive sampling method. The data was collected on a self-developed scale called the Need Assessment Scale (NAS), comprised of statements regarding need, deficiencies, usability, and feasibility of an interventional package to develop fine motor skills among children with cerebral palsy. The collected data were analyzed by using simple descriptive statistics such as percentages and mean scores. Inferential statistical techniques like t-test and ANOVA was also used in the study for testing the hypothesis. The findings and the study results revealed that all the stakeholders of the C.W.C.P who participated in the study were in favour of developing an interventional package for the development of fine motor skills of C.W.C.P. The need assessment in this study focused on major areas of C.W.C.P which play a significant role in the development of fine motor skills of C.W.C.P for their better academic activities such as physical deficiencies of the C.W.C.P, Psychological deficiencies, delayed fine motor skills, the cognitive skills, the social skills, the daily life skills, the academic skills, need of rehabilitation process, supports & services by teachers and usability & feasibility of interventional package application. All these areas of C.W.C.P are needed to be considered while developing an interventional package to develop fine motor skills of C.W.C.P for their better academic activities.