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ERIC Number: EJ1178537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-1243
Therapists' Perspectives: Supporting Children to Use Switches and Technology for Accessing Their Environment, Leisure, and Communication
Beauchamp, Fiona; Bourke-Taylor, Helen; Brown, Ted
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, v11 n2 p133-147 2018
Background: Many children with cerebral palsy learn to use technology to access their environments and communicate; however, minimal research informs practice. Methods: A descriptive qualitative study with purposive sampling recruited 10 therapists (occupational, speech, and physiotherapists) from one early intervention service. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and were analyzed thematically. Results: Four themes were derived: development of successful movement; positioning and equipment; access methodology and processes; and learning to communicate ("learning nonelectronic communication in parallel with electronic communication"). Conclusion: Practitioners described a multitude of skills and expertise to facilitate switch use in play and electronic communication devices in early childhood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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