Gail Teachman

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Research using a critical social science perspective is uncommon in physiotherapy (PT) despite its potential advantages for investigating questions other approaches cannot address. Critical approaches can be used to expose ideas and concepts that are dominant, given, or taken-for-granted in practice in order to reflect on how "things could be otherwise."(More)
A binary switch based on the detection of periodic vocal cord vibrations is proposed for individuals with multiple and severe disabilities. The system offers three major advantages over existing speech-based access technologies, namely, insensitivity to environment noise, increased robustness against user-generated artifacts such as coughs, and reduced(More)
PURPOSE A novel non-invasive vocal cord vibration switch for computer access was designed for an individual with hypotonic cerebral palsy. An evaluative case study was performed to compare the new device to an existing commercially available voice-activated switch in terms of sensitivity, specificity, speed, and user fatigue. METHOD The participant wrote(More)
This prospective case series evaluated the viability of a recently-developed vocal cord vibration switch with four participants between the ages of 5.8-14.5 years old who had severe motor disabilities and complex communication needs. At the time of study enrolment, participants did not have an established single switch access pathway but were all capable of(More)
PURPOSE The aim was to examine the leisure activity setting experiences of two groups of youth with severe disabilities - those with complex continuing care (CCC) needs and those who have little functional speech and communicate using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). METHOD Twelve youth took part in a mixed methods study, in which their(More)
PURPOSE This study investigated the feasibility of integrating three diverse methods for studying disabled youth's experiences of activity settings: standardized questionnaires, qualitative methods and physiological measures. The article describes a case study of data collection in a real-life setting to outline the opportunities, challenges and lessons(More)
There is a paucity of explicit literature outlining methods for single-interview studies with children, and almost none have focused on engaging children with disabilities. Drawing from a pilot study, we address these gaps by describing innovative techniques, strategies, and methods for engaging children and youth with disabilities in a single qualitative(More)
BACKGROUND Client-centred occupational therapy practice is tacitly guided by prevailing social values and beliefs about what are "normal" occupational possibilities. These values and beliefs privilege some occupations and negate others. AIM This study aims to identify and problematize assumptions regarding the value of approximating normal occupational(More)
BACKGROUND Perspectives that individualize occupation are poorly aligned with socially responsive and transformative occupation-focused research, education, and practice. Their predominant use in occupational therapy risks the perpetuation, rather than resolution, of occupational inequities. AIM In this paper, we problematize taken-for-granted(More)
Rehabilitation research investigating activity participation has been largely conducted in a realist tradition that under-theorises the relationship between persons, technologies, and socio-material places. In this Canadian study we used a post-critical approach to explore activity/setting participation with 19 young people aged 14 to 23 years with complex(More)