Gaze-based assistive technology used in daily life by children with severe physical impairments: parents’ experiences
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
This study aims to describe and explore parents’ experiences when their children with severe physical impairments receive gaze-based assistive technology (gaze-based AT) for use in daily life. Semi-structured interviews were conducted twice, with one year in between, with parents of eight children with cerebral palsy that used gaze-based AT in their daily activities. To understand the parents’ experiences, hermeneutical interpretations were used during data analysis. The results demonstrate that for parents, children’s gaze-based AT usage meant that children demonstrated agency, provided them with opportunities to show personality and competencies, and gave children possibilities to develop. Overall, children’s gaze-based AT provides hope to parents for a better future for their children with severe physical impairments; a future in which the children can develop and gain influence in life. In conclusion, gaze-based AT provides children with new opportunities to perform activities and take initiatives to communicate, giving parents hope about the children’s future.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Activities in daily life, cerebral palsy, eye tracking controlled system, self-help devices, parental hope, qualitative
Environmental Health and Occupational Health Occupational Therapy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123302DiVA: diva2:881256