Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth: Our Experiences in Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA.
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics (Impact Factor: 1.42). 05/2012; 32(2):111-9. DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2012.668089
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