Impact of assistive technology on family caregivers of children with physical disabilities: a systematic review

@article{Nicolson2012ImpactOA,
  title={Impact of assistive technology on family caregivers of children with physical disabilities: a systematic review},
  author={Amy Nicolson and Lois K Moir and Jeannine Millsteed},
  journal={Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology},
  year={2012},
  volume={7},
  pages={345 - 349}
}
Purpose: To systematically review the literature on the effects of assistive technology (AT) on family caregivers of children with physical disabilities. Method: Electronic searches of Medline, CINAHL Plus, PubMed, and PsychInfo were conducted. The main search terms were AT, caregiver, physical disability, cerebral palsy and quality of life. Studies were included if they related to the impact of AT on the family caregiver of children with physical impairment. Data extraction and quality… 
Systematic review of power mobility outcomes for infants, children and adolescents with mobility limitations
TLDR
The body of evidence supporting outcomes for children using power mobility is primarily descriptive rather than experimental in nature, suggesting research in this area is in its infancy.
Assistive technology assessment tools for assessing switch use of children: A systematic review and descriptive analysis
TLDR
There are insufficient validated and reliable assessment tools to assess the switch use of children with physical and multiple disabilities, and a comprehensive and sensitive tool is required.
Caregiver’s perspectives on facilitators and barriers of active participation in cerebral palsy rehabilitation in North West Nigeria: a qualitative study
TLDR
Both the facilitators and barriers of active participation of caregivers in the rehabilitation of children with CP need to be recognized in order to help caregivers reinforce or overcome them respectively.
Satisfaction of users with assistive technology service delivery: An exploratory analysis of experiences of parents of children with physical and multiple disabilities
TLDR
Evaluation of parents’ service experience is central for identifying shortcomings in ATSD and health professionals are advised to utilize validated instruments and strategies to assess effectiveness of technological interventions and to assure A TSD quality.
Powerful or Powerless? Children’s, Parents’, and Occupational Therapists’ Perceptions of Powered Mobility
TLDR
Stakeholders’ perceptions illustrated benefits of PM, yet use is contingent on the physical, institutional, and societal environments, leading stakeholders to feel both powerful and powerless as users, parents, or clinicians.
Perspectives on rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy: exploring a cross-cultural view of parents from India and Canada using the international classification of functioning, disability and health
TLDR
Canadian parents experience a more enabling environment and express a more social view of their child’s health, suggesting both education on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health principles and services are needed to better enable and empower Indian parents.
Development and psychometric testing of the Family Functioning Questionnaire in Rehabilitation (FFQR)
TLDR
The findings of the study showed that the newly developed Family Functioning Questionnaire in Rehabilitation met the criteria for examining the role of families of children with special needs in rehabilitation programs and had adequate psychometric properties.
Multiple stakeholder perceptions of assistive technology for individuals with cerebral palsy in New Zealand
TLDR
Themes emerged around barriers imposed by the assessment process and training in Assistive technology procedures, the influence of family members, the environment that assistive technology is used in, and psychosocial aspects of being able to participate and integrate into society.
The use of assistive technologies among children with disabilities: the perception of parents of children with disabilities in Ghana
TLDR
It is shown that poverty, limited health facilities, unfriendly environment and stigmatisation were barriers encountered by parents and the government should expand health and rehabilitation facilities to encourage access and participation.
Exploring the psychosocial impact of simple robotic assistive technology on adolescents with neuromuscular disease
TLDR
Simple mainstream robotics, paired with personalized access methods to control them, offer potential leisure and social integration opportunities to adolescents with neuromuscular diseases in a variety of settings, indoors and outdoors.
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 24 REFERENCES
The use and impact of assistive devices and other environmental modifications on everyday activities and care in young children with cerebral palsy
TLDR
The variations in use and benefits of environmental modifications indicate need of comprehensive assistive technology assessments, including child factors, family factors, technology factors and service system factors.
Young Children With Physical Disabilities: Caregiver Perspectives About Assistive Technology
TLDR
This research exemplifies the importance of both using assistive technology interventions for children with physical disabilities and ensuring that early intervention providers are sufficiently knowledgeable to train caregivers so that their children gain maximal opportunities to participate and learn.
Assistive devices for children with functional impairments: impact on child and caregiver function
TLDR
The aim of this review was to determine the impact of assistive devices on the components of functioning defined by the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and it was found to be overwhelmingly positive.
A Conceptual Framework of Outcomes for Caregivers of Assistive Technology Users
TLDR
Recipients' use of assistive technology can enhance caregivers' well being because of its potential for alleviating a number of stressors associated with caregiving.
The psychosocial well-being of parents of children with cerebral palsy: a comparison study
TLDR
It is demonstrated that parents of children with CP have significantly poorer psychosocial well-being compared withParents of children without a LTHC: parents ofChildren with CP had lower satisfaction with life and higher levels of anxious and depressed mood.
Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities
TLDR
This literature review presents a summary of available information on AT materials and strategies that assist infants, toddlers, and school-aged children with disabilities and discusses the importance of measuring the effectiveness of AT devices and services.
Stress in parents of children with cerebral palsy: what sources of stress are we talking about?
TLDR
Parents' functioning can be affected by behavioural aspects of the child with CP, and sense of competence could be an important variable in this relation and the importance of the development of specific interventions that support the family as a whole is emphasized.
Difficulties experienced by families with disabled children.
  • E. Şen, S. Yurtsever
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN
  • 2007
TLDR
Mothers felt severe sadness, and they indicated that after having a disabled child, their social life, working life, and family relationships were all affected.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Different Environments on the Learning of Switching Skills in Children with Severe and Profound Multiple Disabilities
This exploratory study evaluated the effects of learning switching skills for children with severe and profound multiple disabilities using a multisensory environment and the child's natural
...
...