Participation when using cognitive assistive devices - from the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities
2010 (English)In: Occupational Therapy International, ISSN 1557-0703, Vol. 17, no 4, 168-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to describe how people with intellectual disabilities experienced their participation in everyday activities when using cognitive assistive devices. The purpose of cognitive assistive devices is to compensate for cognitive problems, to enhance independence when performing activities and to support decision making in daily life. Nine persons, 17–37 years old, with mild intellectual disability were selected by purposive sampling. Data collection was conducted by semi-structured interviews. The results showed that participation in everyday activities increased when using cognitive assistive devices. The persons experienced having more control and health benefits using cognitive assistive devices in daily activities. There were participation restrictions related to attitudes from the social network towards participation, and attitudes towards the use of cognitive assistive devices from the persons themselves and from the social network. Occupational therapists should be aware of the social factors that may influence a client's participation in everyday activities when using cognitive assistive devices. There is a need for more research with clients with intellectual disabilities and further research concerning long-time use of cognitive assistive devices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons. Ltd. , 2010. Vol. 17, no 4, 168-176 p.
Cognitive assistive devices, intellectual disabilities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59025DOI: 10.1002/oti.296ISI: 000289428900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-59025DiVA: diva2:349490