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ERIC Number: EJ1143331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
An Exploration of Comfort and Discomfort amongst Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Depend on Postural Management Equipment
Lyons, Elizabeth A.; Jones, Diana E.; Swallow, Veronica M.; Chandler, Colin
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n4 p727-742 Jul 2017
Background: The natural response to the intrusive bodily sensation is positional change. This study explored how children and young people (CYP) with intellectual disabilities had their comfort needs met when using adaptive positioning equipment. Methods: Thirteen qualitative case studies were undertaken. A parent, a teacher/key worker and a therapist for each CYP were interviewed, and daily routines were observed, with selective video recording. Single case and cross case analyses were undertaken. Results: Attentive caregivers read the behavioural expressions of the CYP and responded reassuringly, safeguarding them from discomforting experiences. Threats to comfort include the restrictive nature of some equipment accessories, positioning errors and procedural stretching. Conclusions: The same item of equipment can be both comfortable and uncomfortable. Given the social and interactional world in which the CYP live and learn, it is others who must accept responsibility for ensuring their optimal level of comfort.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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