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Infant-Toddler Interactions with the Physical Environment


This research focuses on the description of typical and atypical interactions of infants and toddlers with the physical environment of the home.  At present, studies have included a longitudinal description of eighteen typically-developing infants/toddlers in the home environment, and a comparative study of extremely-low-birth-weight infants.  All research projects use a qualitative video and text analysis system.

List of Publications and Documents

  • Pierce, D., Munier, V., Myers, C. (in progress)  Informing Early Intervention through an Occupational Science.  Description of Infant-Toddler Interactions with the Home Space.
  • Pierce, D. (2000).  Maternal management of the home as a development play space for infants and toddlers.  AJOT, 54, 290-299.

Pierce, D. (1996). Infant Space, infant time:  Development of infant interactions with the physical environment, from 1 to 18 months.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Southern California.
Description:  This description of infant/toddler interactions within the home environment supports naturalistic interventions and provides an example of how occupational science can inform practice.

More Research on this Population

  • School-Based Intervention in Occupational Therapy
  • Research on Early Childhood Transitions of Children with Special Needs
  • Pediatric Therapists' Perceptions of Occupation-Based Practice

Research Team Members
Doris Pierce, EKU
Veronique Munier, EKU
Christine Myers, EKU
Amy Marshall, EKU

Contact Information
Doris Pierce
Endowed Chair in Occupational Therapy
(859) 622-6302

2007 - EKU-Occupational Therapy Research Center

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