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Röijezon, U., Prellwitz, M., Ahlmark, D. I., van Deventer, J., Nikolakopoulos, G. & Hyyppä, K. (2019). A haptic navigation aid for individuals with visual impairments: Indoor and outdoor feasibility evaluations of the LaserNavigator. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 113(2), 194-201
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A haptic navigation aid for individuals with visual impairments: Indoor and outdoor feasibility evaluations of the LaserNavigator
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, ISSN 0145-482X, E-ISSN 1559-1476, Vol. 113, no 2, p. 194-201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
National Category
Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Control Engineering
Research subject
Physiotherapy; Occupational therapy; Industrial Electronics; Control Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-69826 (URN)10.1177/0145482X19842491 (DOI)000489695600009 ()2-s2.0-85064590614 (Scopus ID)
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-05-15 (johcin)

Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved
Nordström, B. & Prellwitz, M. (2019). A pilot study of children and parents experiences of the use of a new assistive device: the electro suit Mollii. Assistive technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A pilot study of children and parents experiences of the use of a new assistive device: the electro suit Mollii
2019 (English)In: Assistive technology, ISSN 1040-0435, E-ISSN 1949-3614Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Electrical stimulation has been used for many years to treat spasticity in children with cerebral palsy and some improvements have been noted. Building on the benefits of electrical stimulation, a new assistive device, a suit with imbedded electrodes designed to reduce spasticity through electrical stimulation of the antagonistic muscles, has been tested.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe experiences from children with cerebral palsy and their parents regarding the use of the suit. Methods: Individual interviews were conducted with six children 5 to 10 years of age and their parents. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using a qualitative content analysis. Results: The analysis resulted in three themes: (1) the suit’s impact on image, (2) changes that make a difference and (3) dealing with a desire for change. Each of the themes included subthemes. Conclusion: All children reported some impact on their body and self and/or in some activities after the use of the suit. The parents also saw improvements during the trial period. However, the results are inconclusive and a larger study is needed to determine if the suit is useful from a longer perspective and whether it can affect activity and participation in daily activities for children with spasticity.

Keywords
children with CP, assistive device, electrical stimulation, qualitative research
National Category
Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Physiotherapy; Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73499 (URN)10.1080/10400435.2019.1579267 (DOI)30945989 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2019-04-08 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-04-08
Lynch, H., Moore, A. & Prellwitz, M. (2018). From Policy to Play Provision: Universal Design and the Challenges of Inclusive Play. Children, Youth and Environments, 28(2), 12-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Policy to Play Provision: Universal Design and the Challenges of Inclusive Play
2018 (English)In: Children, Youth and Environments, ISSN 1546-2250, E-ISSN 1546-2250, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 12-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Outdoor environments for children are important sites for social inclusion and play. In the European context, outdoor play provision is typically governed by regional or national policy and informed by international conventions that specifically state that inclusive environments must be made available for all children for their rights to be met. Specifically, universal design is proposed as a way to achieve this goal. However, little is known about national play policy in general, nor the extent to which universal design informs local play provision. This paper focuses on a review of play policy and guidelines carried out in 18 European countries and a national universal design study in Ireland in 2018. Findings identified an overall lack of play policy internationally, and when policy exists, universal design is under-represented. The potential application of the seven principles of universal design to playgrounds is discussed alongside play value principles to maximize successful playspace design. Further exploration of the child's voice in designing for play is warranted to strengthen socio-spatial inclusion and diminish the poverty of experience that many children with disabilities experience in their communities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Cincinnati, 2018
Keywords
children with disability, accessibility, play policy, inclusive design, universal design
National Category
Health Sciences Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71486 (URN)10.7721/chilyoutenvi.28.2.0012 (DOI)
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 1;2018-12-05 (marisr)

Available from: 2018-11-07 Created: 2018-11-07 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved
Lynch, H., Prellwitz, M., Schulze, C. & Moore, A. H. (2018). The state of play in children's occupational therapy: A comparison between Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(1), 42-50
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The state of play in children's occupational therapy: A comparison between Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland
2018 (English)In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 0308-0226, E-ISSN 1477-6006, Vol. 81, no 1, p. 42-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction

Play is viewed as an important occupation in childhood and consequently in children's occupational therapy. However, few studies have explored the place of play in therapy practice. This study aimed to contribute to this knowledge gap by exploring play in occupational therapy in three European countries.

Method

A cross-sectional survey of occupational therapists in Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland was conducted to examine the use of play with children under 12 years old. A web-based survey was distributed to 935 occupational therapists, resulting in 338 returned surveys (36%). Responses were analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis.

Results

Results were organised into three themes: (1) demographics and practice context; (2) play education and (3) use of play in practice. Respondents reported that although they valued play as an occupation, their primary focus was on play as a means to achieving other goals. Lack of education on play (research, theory and interventions) and pressures in the workplace were identified as barriers to play-centred practice.

Conclusion

Findings indicate that there is a mismatch between therapists valuing play as an occupation and how play is utilised in therapy practice. There is a need to strengthen education and research on play occupation to strengthen play-centred practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66291 (URN)10.1177/0308022617733256 (DOI)000419125300006 ()2-s2.0-85040110851 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-01-17 (svasva)

Available from: 2017-10-27 Created: 2017-10-27 Last updated: 2018-02-23Bibliographically approved
Prellwitz, M. & Skär, L. (2016). Are Playgrounds a Case of Occupational Injustice?: Experiences of Parents of Children with Disabilities. Children, Youth and Environments, 26(2), 28-42
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Are Playgrounds a Case of Occupational Injustice?: Experiences of Parents of Children with Disabilities
2016 (English)In: Children, Youth and Environments, ISSN 1546-2250, E-ISSN 1546-2250, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 28-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Occupational injustice refers to a setting or situations that can restrict a person in performing an occupation. Because a playground is a setting that can restrict children with disabilities from the occupation of playing, this paper frames playground accessibility in terms of occupational justice. This study interviewed 18 parents of children with disabilities about their children's experiences with playgrounds. Examining playgrounds from an occupational justice perspective can be a means to advocate for accessible playgrounds as a first step towards helping children with disabilities participate in play activities in this environment.

Keywords
playgrounds, parents experience, children with disabilities, participation, occupational justice
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-62760 (URN)10.7721/chilyoutenvi.26.2.0028 (DOI)
Note

Validerad; 2017; Nivå 1; 2017-03-31 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-03-28 Created: 2017-03-28 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Lynch, H., Prellwitz, M., Kaeser, S. R., Jansens, R. & Coussens, M. (2016). Connection Through Play: Ludi Research Network-Cost Action TD1309 (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), 1st CONTEC-ENOTHE Congress: National University of Ireland, Galway 15-19 June 2016. Paper presented at COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2016 : 15/06/2016 - 19/06/2016 (pp. 314).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Connection Through Play: Ludi Research Network-Cost Action TD1309
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2016 (English)In: 1st CONTEC-ENOTHE Congress: National University of Ireland, Galway 15-19 June 2016, 2016, p. 314-Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35611 (URN)a34f43b8-7ed3-48e4-857f-8f9ca9658d7b (Local ID)a34f43b8-7ed3-48e4-857f-8f9ca9658d7b (Archive number)a34f43b8-7ed3-48e4-857f-8f9ca9658d7b (OAI)
Conference
COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2016 : 15/06/2016 - 19/06/2016
Note
Godkänd; 2016; 20160629 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Sjöblom, M., Öhrling, K., Prellwitz, M. & Kostenius, C. (2016). Health throughout the lifespan: The phenomenon of the inner child reflected in events during childhood experienced by older persons (ed.). International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 11, Article ID 31486.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health throughout the lifespan: The phenomenon of the inner child reflected in events during childhood experienced by older persons
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 11, article id 31486Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe and gain more knowledge of the phenomenon of the inner child, reflected in events during childhood experienced by older persons. Thirteen older persons aged 70 to 91 years old were interviewed. A hermeneutical phenomenological analysis of the data revealed two main themes: the inner child becomes visible and the inner child's presence through life. The participants' narratives showed that their understanding of the experiences included both positive and negative feelings, as well as ways to be creative, in which the inner child became visible. The participants' experiences indicated that the inner child was present throughout the lifespan, was found in challenges that occurred in life, and could turn something bad into something good. However, the presence of the inner child could also be a source for development throughout life and could interfere with the person. The findings from this study point to older persons' need to be recognized, acknowledged, and understood as a unique person living his or her own life. In addition, dimensions of well-being such as feeling safe, loved, supported, and creating space for fantasy and possibilities can be compared to the physical, mental, social, and existential dimensions of well-being found in WHO surveys and definitions of health. This calls for a holistic approach when caring for older persons.

National Category
Other Health Sciences Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Health Science; Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6033 (URN)10.3402/qhw.v11.31486 (DOI)000381032600001 ()27317381 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84982766584 (Scopus ID)439b54b5-c293-4bf0-81af-5ac729d9016f (Local ID)439b54b5-c293-4bf0-81af-5ac729d9016f (Archive number)439b54b5-c293-4bf0-81af-5ac729d9016f (OAI)
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Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 2016-06-27 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Vandemaele, S., Hendriks, S., Mulders, R., Schneider, J., Pot, U., Weber, B., . . . Fattinger, E. (2016). International Module ICC@HOME (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), 1st CONTEC-ENOTHE Congress: National University of Ireland, Galway 15-19 June 2016. Paper presented at COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2016 : 15/06/2016 - 19/06/2016 (pp. 312).
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2016 (English)In: 1st CONTEC-ENOTHE Congress: National University of Ireland, Galway 15-19 June 2016, 2016, p. 312-Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-28239 (URN)1f618383-6d11-4eaf-9e3a-f8b7070af01e (Local ID)1f618383-6d11-4eaf-9e3a-f8b7070af01e (Archive number)1f618383-6d11-4eaf-9e3a-f8b7070af01e (OAI)
Conference
COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2016 : 15/06/2016 - 19/06/2016
Note
Godkänd; 2016; 20160629 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Kassberg, A.-C., Prellwitz, M., Malinowsky, C. & Larsson-Lund, M. (2016). Interventions aimed at improving the ability to use everyday technology in work after brain injury (ed.). Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 23(2), 147-157
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Interventions aimed at improving the ability to use everyday technology in work after brain injury
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 147-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective The aim of this study was to explore and describe how client-centred occupationaltherapy interventions may support and improve the ability to use everyday technology (ET) in worktasks in people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Method A qualitative, descriptive multiple-casestudy was designed, and occupation-based interventions were provided to three working-ageparticipants with ABI. Multiple sources were used to collect data throughout the three interventionprocesses, including assessments, field notes, and interviews. The Canadian OccupationalPerformance Measure and the Management of Everyday Technology Assessment were administeredbefore the interventions, after the interventions and at a follow-up session 2–3 monthssubsequent to the interventions. Results The three intervention processes initially consisted ofsimilar actions, but subsequently the actions took on a different focus and intensity for each case.All of the goals in each of the three case processes were achieved, and both perceived andobserved abilities to use ET in work tasks improved. Conclusions Client-centred occupationaltherapy interventions might have the potential to improve the ability to use ET in work tasks inpeople with ABI.

National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-3659 (URN)10.3109/11038128.2015.1122835 (DOI)000369768000008 ()26651230 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84957430283 (Scopus ID)17a0bc9b-e9ae-4ef0-86e1-efd643c82fb5 (Local ID)17a0bc9b-e9ae-4ef0-86e1-efd643c82fb5 (Archive number)17a0bc9b-e9ae-4ef0-86e1-efd643c82fb5 (OAI)
Note

Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 20151214 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Kassberg, A.-C., Prellwitz, M. & Larsson-Lund, M. (2016). Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve the Ability to use Everyday Technology in Work After Acquired Brain Injury: a comparison with controls (ed.). Paper presented at COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2016 : 15/06/2016 - 19/06/2016. Paper presented at COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2016 : 15/06/2016 - 19/06/2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve the Ability to use Everyday Technology in Work After Acquired Brain Injury: a comparison with controls
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31615 (URN)5db5ceff-c1a1-454a-a2a1-cc51969117dd (Local ID)5db5ceff-c1a1-454a-a2a1-cc51969117dd (Archive number)5db5ceff-c1a1-454a-a2a1-cc51969117dd (OAI)
Conference
COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2016 : 15/06/2016 - 19/06/2016
Note
Godkänd; 2016; 20160629 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
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