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Effect of environmental context on functional performance of children attending in day care centers


The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) encourage the view of functionality as a health component and consider the environment as a facilitator or barrier to perform actions. It is known that the development of healthy children can be negatively influenced by the environment, this way it is important that programs of children's health focus on environment, represented here by daycare centers. Some studies shows a higher prevalence of delays on child development of children that spend the day at the daycare centers, but no studies that assessed the school environment, the motor and cognitive performance in addition to a social participation were found. PURPOSE: Assess the daycare environmental quality influence in motor and cognitive performance and participation of children that spend the day in daycare center. METHODS: 200 children attending at daycare centers will be assessed. To assess the daycare environment the Infant/Toddier Environment Rating Scale - Revised edition will be used. Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development -III (BSITD-in) will be used to evaluate the motor and cognitive performance. Life Habits for Children (LIFE-H) will be utilized to assess participation. Results will be evaluated by appropriate tests to the normality of their distribution. For the correlation study between the three scales will be used correlation coefficients. Will be assume a significance levei of 5% (p>0.05). (AU)

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