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Adapted bikes - what children and young people with cerebral palsy told us about their participation in adapted dynamic cycling

Pickering, Dawn, Horrocks, Lyn, Visser, Karen Susan and Todd, Gabriela 2013. Adapted bikes - what children and young people with cerebral palsy told us about their participation in adapted dynamic cycling. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 8 (1) , pp. 30-37. 10.3109/17483107.2012.680942

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Purpose Children and young people with Cerebral Palsy have limited opportunities for participation and there has been limited research to explore this concept. Adapted dynamic cycling (ADC) is one activity that can enable them to participate in the community. The aim of this paper is to report the views and experiences of children and young people with CP and their families regarding their participation in (ADC). Methods This was part of a mixed methods study of which the qualitative findings are reported here. Iterative creative methods were developed which involved semi structured interviews and diaries about the ADC experience. Results The themes that emerged were the staff and the environment at the cycling hire project, the facilitators and barriers to ADC, the technical set up of the bike and the impact on the child and family in terms of developments over time, future aspirations, learning cycling skills, social participation and health benefits. Conclusions The data showed that children’s experiences of ADC were fun and enjoyable. This fun exercise should be incorporated into a physiotherapy programme as part of the child or young person with CP’s rehabilitation. Policy makers and parents may find the information useful to increase the child’s participation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cerebral palsy, Cycling, Participation
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 1748-3107
Funders: Nancie Finnie Charitable Trust
Last Modified: 06 May 2021 08:33

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