Connecticut — Targeted Issue

Model Training for Safe Transport of Children with Special Health Care Needs

March 1, 2002 - Aug. 31, 2005

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Project Overview
The overall goal is to provide increased protection to CSHCN traveling in motor vehicles. Specific project goals are to (1) describe the challenges faced by families regarding safe transportation of their child with special health care needs, (2) develop a model training for rehabilitation specialists who counsel these families addressing selection and basic use of special needs restraint systems and (3) implement and evaluate the efficacy of the Model Training for product dissemination. The main objective of goal one will be to convene focus groups to assess the issues that families face regarding safely transporting their children in motor vehicles. Objectives of goal two include modification of the existing standardized curriculum for transporting children with special health care needs from its current target audience of child passenger safety technicians to one that meets the needs of rehabilitation specialists. This will lead to the development of interactive self-study training on safe transportation of children with special health care needs. Each of these objectives will be accomplished during the first eighteen months of the project. The second half of the project will involve enrolling participants, developing pre- and post-tests to assess knowledge and implementation of the training online. Participation and gained knowledge will be evaluated and the findings will be presented at a professional conference. The final product will be a CD ROM version of the training.
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Main Contact
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Name Role(s) Phone Email
Eileen Henzy-Blake, MPH
  • Principal Investigator


Title Type Publication/Event Published/Presented Identifier Details
Self-reported experience with safe transport of children with special healthcare needs: a rehabilitation therapist perspective Research Paper/Publication American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2006