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Gaze-based assistive technology used in daily life by children with severe physical impairments: parents’ experiences
Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Folke Bernadotte Regional Habilitation Centre and Department of Women´s and Children´s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Developmental Neurorehabilitation, ISSN 1751-8423, E-ISSN 1751-8431, Vol. 20, no 5, 301-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To describe and explore parents’ experiences when their children with severe physical impairments receive gaze-based assistive technology (gaze-based assistive technology (AT)) for use in daily life.

Methods: 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.

Results: The findings 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 for a better future for their children with severe physical impairments; a future in which the children can develop and gain influence in life.

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
Taylor & Francis , 2017. Vol. 20, no 5, 301-308 p.
Keyword [en]
Activities in daily life, cerebral palsy, eye tracking controlled system, self-help devices, parental hope, qualitative
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health Occupational Therapy Neurology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-60614DOI: 10.1080/17518423.2016.1211769ISI: 000406527400008PubMedID: 27537982Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84982242464OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-60614DiVA: diva2:1138386
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Swedish Research Council
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Funding Agencies:

Jimmy Dahlstens Fond

Stiftelsen Sunnerdahls Handikappfond

Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2017-09-05 Last updated: 2017-09-06Bibliographically approved

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