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ERIC Number: EJ1008208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Parents' Perceptions of Physical Activity for Their Children with Visual Impairments
Perkins, Kara; Columna, Luis; Lieberman, Lauren; Bailey, JoEllen
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v107 n2 p131-142 Mar-Apr 2013
Introduction: Ongoing communication with parents and the acknowledgment of their preferences and expectations are crucial to promote the participation of physical activity by children with visual impairments. Purpose: The study presented here explored parents' perceptions of physical activity for their children with visual impairments and explored barriers to physical activity. Methods: The 11 parents of children with visual impairments took part in one-on-one semistructured interviews that were transcribed and then analyzed through a constant comparative analysis. Results: Three themes emerged from the analysis of the data: the holistic benefits of physical activity, barriers to physical activity, and solutions to physical activity. Discussion: The results revealed that the parents valued and had high expectations for physical activity for their children; however, they believed that there were multiple barriers to overcome. Implications for practitioners: Adapted physical education and recreational professionals must include parents in planning and implementing physical education and physical activity programs. Infusing information about physical activity and physical education in the professional preparation of teachers of students with visual impairments is also part of this important solution. Last, pre-teaching basic foundational skills for movement and sports is important to ensure the participation of children with visual impairments in physical education and recreational activities later in life. (Contains 1 table and 2 boxes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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