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Enablement through provision of assistive technology: case reports of two children with physical disabilities

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Abstract:

Children with physical disabilities may experience occupational deprivation due to a poor fit between their physical skills and the surrounding environment. Assistive technology may facilitate occupational engagement in children with physical disabilities and mitigate their experience of occupational deprivation. This practice analysis explored, through case reports, occupational engagement changes for two pre-teen girls with physical disabilities pre and post provision of technology. Once provided with appropriate assistive technology, each child participated in meaningful occupation. These powerful stories of occupational engagement could encourage occupational therapists to consider how occupational deprivation may be reduced through assistive technologies among children with physical disabilities.

Keywords: OCCUPATIONAL DEPRIVATION; OCCUPATIONAL ENGAGEMENT; PAEDIATRICS

Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802213X13603244419356

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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