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Shared perspectives: how do we facilitate 'participation in recreational activities' for children with disabilities?

Pickering, Dawn ORCID:, Todd, Gabriela and Hurrell, Sue 2014. Shared perspectives: how do we facilitate 'participation in recreational activities' for children with disabilities? Presented at: Building Understandings: Child, Youth and Family Disability Conference, University of the West of England, Bristol, 10-11th June 2014.

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This presentation will introduce the ‘Wheel of Participation’ from a pilot study which measured the effects of adapted cycling for 35 children and young people with Cerebral Palsy. Whilst the initial research aims were to explore the effects of cycling, findings showed an increase in muscle strength and some outstanding personal achievements and ambitions for cycling in the future. Additionally, children reported a variety of other physical activities they were able to participate in such as steel drumming, dancing, wheelchair basketball, ball games and computer games. Imogen Hurrell’s (now aged 8 years) current cycling experiences will be presented via the use of a photographic diary and parental reporting. This sharing of perspectives from children and parents is building our understanding of the different contexts where adapted cycling participation can take place. This research has led to the development of some after school cycling clubs and the exploration of a competitive sport-Race running bikes. Barriers to wider participation in recreational activities will be described such as enabling the children to make friends, manual handling issues and the impact of surgical interventions which can change physical capabilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:55

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