The Adaptation of a School-based Health Promotion Programme for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Community-Engaged Research Process.

Auteur(s) :
Must A., Wansink B., Bandini LG., Folta SC., Hubbard KL.
Date :
Nov, 2014
Source(s) :
J Appl Res Intellect Disabil.. #27:6 p576-90
Adresse :
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA. wansink@me.com

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BACKGROUND
Evidenced-based health promotion programmes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are notably absent. Barriers include a lack of understanding of how to adapt existing evidence-based programmes to their needs, maximize inclusion and support mutual goals of health and autonomy.

METHODS
We undertook a community-engaged process to adapt a school-based nutrition intervention in a residential school for youth with I/DD. Focus groups and interviews with school staff elicited recommendations for adaptation strategies; these were then reviewed by an expert panel.

RESULTS
Adaptations were developed to address needs in three categories: food-related challenges among students, adjusting to change and transition and social environment factors. Choice and heterogeneity were overarching themes across the adaptation categories.

CONCLUSIONS
Future research should consider community-engaged approaches for adaptation so that youth with I/DD can participate and benefit from evidence-based health promotion programmes to their maximum potential.

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