CPERL is honored to receive its first caregiver commentary on its recent Participation and Environment Measure-Plus (PEM+) publication in Developmental Medicine an Child Neurology. Being the parent of a child receiving rehabilitation services, Lyman expresses her utmost support of implementing PEM+ in pediatric therapy. The difficulties parents face in strategizing participation goals for their children is facilitated by electronic tools that focus on the context of family hobbies, activities, and interests. “If I had a tool such as the PEM+ when my son was younger, my own confidence, understanding of, and compliance with participation goals likely would have improved.” Lyman hopes more researchers and clinicians can create tools to promote participation in all settings.
Receiving this commentary written by a caregiver was very humbling and will further encourage CPERL to continue keeping clients on the horizon as we forge ahead in rebuilding PEM+ with urgency.