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Audio and visual data to represent the emotional well-being from disabled children and young people’s participation in recreational activities

Pickering, Dawn, Gill, Paul, Reagon, Carly and Davies, Jane 2019. Audio and visual data to represent the emotional well-being from disabled children and young people’s participation in recreational activities. Presented at: Childhood and Youth Research Group, Cardiff, UK, 12 June 2019.

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Article 31 of the UNCRC promotes all children’s rights to rest, leisure, play and recreation and to take part in cultural and artistic activities. However, disabled children and young people need reasonable adjustments to be able to participate in a meaningful way for them. Using a comparative case study design Dawn will present the findings from her ‘VOCAL’ PhD which has explored the emotional well-being impact from disabled children and young people’s level of participation in recreational activities. There were two groups, those who participated a lot and those whose participation was limited. The research question was ‘How do children and young people with cerebral palsy and their carer’s view, experience and choose their level of participation in recreational activities?’ The objectives were to explore how they thought this impacted upon their emotional well-being. 7 children and young people were recruited via schools, charities and community groups (age range 9-16 years, 4 boys, 3 girls; 4 who participated a lot and 3 whose participation was limited). All had walking, communication and learning disabilities. Each case study comprised of 2 semi-structured interviews 12 weeks apart, a diary written by the parents plus an observation at one of their usual activities. Visual images were taken during the observations as well as field notes written. Some parents took images to add to the diary. Two of the participants were interviewed via their communication aids which gave insight into their experiences and choices. The 5 who were not able to communicate directly were observed and the parents were interviewed. The within case themes will be outlined which highlight the facilitators and barriers to participation. Two key facilitators were changing-places toilets and mobile hoists that could be used outdoors. Those who participated less encountered barriers from pervasive ‘can’t do’ attitudes and environments or equipment that had not been adapted for their needs. It was evident from the data that physical and sporting activities were more readily available than arts, craft and cultural activities. Music played a key role in enhancing emotional well-being.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Funders: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable trust
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 07:33

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