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Physical therapists and occupational therapists frequently assist parents with the exploration and use of powered wheelchairs for their children with physical disabilities. The purpose of this study was to explore parents' experiences and perceptions of their children's experiences with the receipt and use of powered mobility. Qualitative methods were used(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of powered mobility by young individuals with physical disabilities. The four study objectives were to: (a) describe the characteristics of children and adolescents who received powered wheelchairs at eighteen years of age or younger, (b) evaluate the longitudinal use or disuse of powered mobility by these(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the feasibility of using virtual robot-mediated play activities to assess cognitive skills. METHOD Children with and without disabilities utilized both a physical robot and a matching virtual robot to perform the same play activities. The activities were designed such that successfully performing them is an indication of understanding(More)
AIMS Children with limited gross motor and manual abilities have fewer opportunities to engage in free play. We investigated the effect of a robotic intervention on the playfulness of children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS We used a partially nonconcurrent multiple baseline design with four children and their mothers. Children were classified in level(More)
Assistive technology (AT) has been actively researched, developed and implemented throughout higher-income countries, but is relatively absent from lower-income countries. In lower-income countries, there is very little AT for reading, writing, communicating and for participation in the information society. In order for persons with disabilities in(More)
PURPOSE To examine how using a robot controlled via a speech generating device (SGD) influences the ways students with physical and communication limitations can demonstrate their knowledge in math measurement activities. METHOD Three children with severe physical disabilities and complex communication needs used the robot and SGD system to perform four(More)
PURPOSE A 12-year-old girl, Emily, with complex communication needs and severe physical limitations, controlled a Lego robot from a speech-generating device (SGD) to do various "hands-on" academic activities. Emily's teacher and assistive technology (AT) team thought that controlling a robot would motivate Emily to "use her SGD more". METHOD A descriptive(More)
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