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A kaleidoscope of well-being to authentically represent the voices of children and young people with complex cerebral palsy: a case study series

Pickering, Dawn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4779-5616, Gill, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4056-3230 and Reagon, Carly ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6370-3705 2023. A kaleidoscope of well-being to authentically represent the voices of children and young people with complex cerebral palsy: a case study series. Disability and Rehabilitation 10.1080/09638288.2023.2194680
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Abstract

Purpose This paper authentically represents the voices of non-verbal children with cerebral palsy using a case study design. Policy suggests that children should have the right to play and leisure opportunities, however non-verbal children with cerebral palsy have fewer choices. Additionally, children with communication, learning and mobility limitations are usually excluded from research. The aim of this research was to capture the voices of non-verbal children by exploring their well-being impact in terms of their experiences and choices about their level of participation in recreational activities. Methods A qualitative case series study included interviews, observations, photographs and diaries. Where possible, the diaries were completed by both caregivers and children. Data were analysed thematically, and the lens of positioning theory applied. Results Seven children aged nine to sixteen years participated. The findings showed how equipment, people and environments enabled or hindered the children’s participation. The children also advocated as champions for their own well-being. Positioning theory was adapted to include those who cannot speak, offering a way to better understand the children’s well-being responses. Conclusion The findings demonstrate how these children were able to self-advocate, demonstrating their well-being by their intentional behaviours from their level of participation in a recreational activity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Funders: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 April 2023
Date of Acceptance: 8 April 2023
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2023 08:05
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/158985

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