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Gaze-based assistive technology in daily activities in children with severe physical impairments–An intervention study

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TitleGaze-based assistive technology in daily activities in children with severe physical impairments–An intervention study
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractObjective: To establish the impact of a gaze-based assistive technology (AT) intervention on activity repertoire, autonomous use, and goal attainment in children with severe physical impairments, and to examine parents’ satisfaction with the gaze-based AT and with services related to the gaze-based AT intervention. Methods: Nonexperimental multiple case study with before, after, and follow-up design. Ten children with severe physical impairments without speaking ability (aged 1–15 years) participated in gaze-based AT intervention for 9–10 months, during which period the gaze-based AT was implemented in daily activities. Results: Repertoire of computer activities increased for seven children. All children had sustained usage of gaze-based AT in daily activities at follow-up, all had attained goals, and parents’ satisfaction with the AT and with services was high. Discussion: The gaze-based AT intervention was effective in guiding parents and teachers to continue supporting the children to perform activities with the AT after the intervention program.
AuthorsBorgestig, M., Sandqvist J., Ahlsten G., Falkmer T., and Hemmingsson H.
Year of Publication2017
Series TitleDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volume20
Issue3
Pages129-141
ISSN1751-8423(print)/1751-8431 (online)
Publisher DOIhttps://doi.org/10.3109/17518423.2015.1132281
Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, case-control studies, child, controlled before-after studies, disabled children, dyskinesias, eye movement measurements, eye movements, self-help devices, therapy
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