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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and the version for children and youth as a tool in child habilitation/early childhood intervention

Feasibility and usefulness as a common language and frame of reference for practice


Björck-Akesson, Eva; Wilder, Jenny; Granlund, Mats; Pless, Mia; Simeonsson, Rune J.; Adolfsson, Margareta; Almqvist, Lena; Augustine, Lilly; Klang, Nina; Lillvist, Anne


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Disability and Rehabilitation, 2010, Volume 32 (Supplement 1), Seite s125-s38, London: Informa Healthcare, ISSN: 0963-8288 (Print); 1464-5165 (Online)




Early childhood intervention and habilitation services for children with disabilities operate on an interdisciplinary basis. It requires a common language between professionals, and a shared framework for intervention goals and intervention implementation. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the version for children and youth (ICF-CY) may serve as this common framework and language.

This overview of studies implemented by our research group is based on three research questions:
- Do the ICF-CY conceptual model have a valid content and is it logically coherent when investigated empirically?
- Is the ICF-CY classification useful for documenting child characteristics in services?
- What difficulties and benefits are related to using ICF-CY model as a basis for intervention when it is implemented in services?

A series of studies, undertaken by the CHILD researchers are analysed. The analysis is based on data sets from published studies or master theses.

Results and conclusion show that the ICF-CY has a useful content and is logically coherent on model level. Professionals find it useful for documenting children's body functions and activities. Guidelines for separating activity and participation are needed. ICF-CY is a complex classification, implementing it in services is a long-term project.

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