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Experiences of handwriting and using a computerized ATD in school: Adolescents with Asperger's syndrome
Habilitation Centre, Östersund Hospital, Jämtland County Council, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 20, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Adolescents with Asperger's syndrome (AS), often have handwriting difficulties that affect their academic performance. The purpose of this descriptive multiple-case mixed-method study was to highlight how adolescents with AS experience writing in the school setting when writing by hand and when using a computerized Assistive Technology Device (ATD), for writing. A qualitative content analysis approach was used, including interviews with five adolescents, their parents, and their teachers. This was complemented by asking the adolescents to rate their perceived performance and satisfaction of writing with and without the ATD. All adolescents described handwriting difficulties, but a reduced ability to express oneself in writing was also common. Initiating and completing writing tasks was often so demanding that it caused resistance to the activity. Several advantages when using the ATD were described by the participants and the self-ratings showed higher scores for performance of and satisfaction with writing when the ATD was used. The results show that teachers' encouragement seemed to be important for the initiation and continuation of use of the ATD.

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Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 20, no 5
Keyword [en]
case reports, consumer satisfaction, disabled children, handwriting, mainstream education, self-help devices
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93215DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2012.748822ISI: 000323943600005PubMedID: 23312011OAI: diva2:623478
Available from: 2013-05-27 Created: 2013-05-27 Last updated: 2013-10-09Bibliographically approved

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