The purpose of this paper is to describe perceptions of a new health occupations program on the horizon--respiratory exercise specialist. This program was developed and implemented after a culmination of 20 years experience and research in the field of physical conditioning and respiratory exercise care. The program for kindergarten through grade 12, utilizes a seven-step method of training for prevention and control of wheezing as its basic element. An evaluation of this training through the use of a survey instrument obtaining parental perceptions of the child’s health progress was positive. A high percentage of responses indicated improvement in the child’s health and attitude. The impetus has resulted in recommendations and anticipation of future research with the goal of developing and instituting a program to train students as respiratory exercise specialists within the framework of an allied health department of a community college.



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