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Gaze-based assistive technology used in daily life, by children with severe physical impairments – parents’ experiences

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TitleGaze-based assistive technology used in daily life, by children with severe physical impairments – parents’ experiences
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractObjective: 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.
AuthorsBorgestig, M., Rytterström P., and Hemmingsson H.
Year of Publication2016
PublicationDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volumeonline
ISSN1751-8423 (print) 1751-8431 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17518423.2016.1211769
Keywords (MeSH)cerebral palsy, child, communication aids for disabled, eye movements, parents, technology
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