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Use of Assistive Technology Devices in mainstream schools; students´ perspective
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1545-3876
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: American Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1943-7676, Vol. 63, no 4, 463-472 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE. The use and nonuse of assistive technology devices in school by students with physical disabilities was investigated, and the students’ experiences in using these devices is described.

METHOD. We used a mixed-methods approach with predominantly qualitative methods to collect and analyze data, which included observations of and interviews with 20 students with physical disabilities and the number and type of assistive technology devices provided.

RESULTS. It is vital that devices be integrated into educational practice and that students experience immediate benefits for their function in everyday school activities without detrimental effects on their social participation. The latter was often more important than being able to perform activities independently.

CONCLUSION. The students adopted both a functional and a psychosocial perspective of their devices, and providers should neglect neither. Children and youth need both verbal information and practical experience using devices to be able to make informed decisions.

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AMER OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOC , 2009. Vol. 63, no 4, 463-472 p.
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Interaction Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117917DOI: 10.5014/ajot.63.4.463ISI: 000268291000010PubMedID: 19708475OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117917DiVA: diva2:812055
Available from: 2015-05-15 Created: 2015-05-15 Last updated: 2016-09-05Bibliographically approved

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