In the July-August 2008 issue of Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Greig and colleagues described a small, qualitative study of features of mobile phone handset design, documentation, and use that either enhance or hinder usability for people with aphasia. The authors noted that, despite considerable difficulties, study participants appreciated the social participation that mobile phones support.… Read More »»
Participation in social aspects of daily life is crucial to children’s development. Although disability status is recognized to affect children’s ability to participate in social activities, little is understood about the impact of sensory processing disorders (SPD) on children’s social participation. We examined the social participation patterns of 2 groups of children (ages 6-9): (1)… Read More »»
This study investigated how individuals in the community 1 to 5 years after spinal cord injury characterized their occupational and social participation, life satisfaction, and aspects of their occupational therapy that influenced their participation. Semi-structured, open-ended interviews were conducted with 11 individuals referred by occupational therapists who specialize in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and/or are… Read More »»
Exploring communication assistants as an option for increasing communication access to communities for people who use augmentative communication.
This paper describes the results of a one-year intervention project that aimed to (a) learn about the communication supports required by people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) when accessing their communities, (b) develop and implement a funded communication assistant service as an accessibility support option for people who use AAC when communicating in… Read More »»
Active Support (AS) Interventions and Their Effect on Increased Participation of Persons with Severe Impairments Research and Training Center on Community Living of the University of Minnesota Format Study AS is an organizational intervention to enable direct support professionals in community settings to effectively support the participation of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities… Read More »»
Assessment of Life Habits (LIFE-H) webpage StrokEngine, in partnership with McGill University Format Webpage LIFE-H was developed to assess the quality of social participation of people with disabilities by estimating how they accomplish activities of daily living and social roles. This website discusses the purpose… Read More »»
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) webpage The Barkley AAC Center and the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Format Webpage AAC strategies help people with severe communication disabilities participate more fully in their social roles and interpersonal interaction such as learning, community activities, employment, volunteerism, and care management.… Read More »»
OBJECTIVE: To examine social and job-related participation among girls with spinal cord injury (SCI) and relationships between participation, depression, and quality of life. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: This sample included 97 girls (aged 7-17 years) who had sustained SCI at least 1 year prior to interview, and who were receiving care at three pediatric SCI centers… Read More »»
PURPOSE: To perform a structured review of the psychometric properties specific to the stroke population of the Assessment of Life Habits (LIFE-H). This tool measures quality of social participation, an important but under-evaluated aspect of stroke recovery. METHOD: A structured review of publications at MEDLINE; Embase, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library using the following terms:… Read More »»
Social and community participation of children and youth with cerebral palsy is associated with age and gross motor function classification.
BACKGROUND: Through social and community participation, children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP) form friendships, gain knowledge, learn skills, express creativity, and determine meaning and purpose in life. OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were: (1) to determine whether social and community participation of children and youth with CP differ based on age, sex, and… Read More »»