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Users' needs on play for children with disabilities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2396-4710
2017 (English)In: Handicap, Reconnaissance et “Vivreensemble” [Recognition and “Community living”]: Diversité des pratiques et pluralité des valeurs Disability [Diversity of practices and plurality of values], European Society for Disability Research , 2017, p. 10-10Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The COST Action ”LUDI-Play for Children with Disabilities” is devoted to the enhancement of play for children with disabilities. In order to develop policies, practices and professional training on the topic of play for children with disabilities, it is necessary to take account of the users’ needs. Aim. The aim of the study is to investigate the users’ needs on play for children with disabilities. Method. Surveys directed to disability associations and parents, developed by the COST Action ”LUDI-Play for Children with Disabilities” were distributed to 31 coordinators and translated into 23 languages. 75 answers were collected from association in 24 countries and 129 from parents in 26 countries. Results from Associations. Play for play sake is important and essential for a wide range of reasons. Play conduces to an array of positive outcome for the child, even if it is experienced as a free activity without specific objectives. Results from parents. Play is an activity that fulfil essential needs for the child. The child’s needs were to have friends and peers, adapted and specialized toys, a knowledgeable adult; improved skills necessary to play; accessible outdoor environments; available time; societal attitudes, policy and resources. The children’s experiences of play were reported. Play is an engaging activity in which the children observe, communicate, share and experience participation. Play means positive emotions as joy, happiness, relax, excitement and fun. The children experience agency when they play. The children wanted to play for more time, to have more options, adaptions, and to overcome barriers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Society for Disability Research , 2017. p. 10-10
Keywords [en]
play, disability, family, toys, users' needs
Keywords [sv]
lek, funktionsnedsättning, familj, leksaker, behov av stöd
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Educational Sciences
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Special Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-154349DiVA, id: diva2:1192949
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Handicap, Reconnaissance et “Vivre ensemble”. Diversité des pratiques et pluralité des valeurs, Laussanne, Suisse, 6-7 July, 2017
Available from: 2018-03-24 Created: 2018-03-24 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved

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