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Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Sarah-Grace Paguinto, Nadine A Kasparian, Kate Carroll, Nicole Thomas, Paula Bray, Michelle A Farrar
PURPOSE: Access to credible information can facilitate parental engagement in wheelchair prescription for their child with a neuromuscular condition (NMC). In this study, we developed and evaluated acceptability, perceived usefulness and emotional responses to a psychoeducational booklet for parents of children with a NMC. METHODS: Australian parents of children who had been recommended a wheelchair and clinicians caring for children with NMCs were invited to evaluate the booklet, Getting Wheels ...
February 3, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Donggui You, Saiful Hasley Bin Ramli, Rahimah Ibrahim, Muhammad Hibatullah Bin Romli, Ziming Li, Qingqing Chu, Xinxin Yu
PURPOSE: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a common and devastating neurological ailment that affects millions of the elderly worldwide. Therapeutic toys and games have emerged as potential non-pharmacological interventions for AD. However, despite a growing number of documents on the subject, research on the future direction of therapeutic toys and games for AD remains scarce. To address this gap, this study aims to (1) map the future trends of therapeutic toys and games for AD and (2) identify the categories and design characteristics...
February 1, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Johnathan J George, Andrea L Behrman, Thomas J Roussel
PURPOSE: Activity-based locomotor training improves intrinsic trunk control in children with spinal cord injury (SCI). To reinforce these improvements, there is a need to develop community integration activities to allow a patient to apply the retrained nervous system at home. One activity that has been explored is rocking in a rocking chair. This paper describes the design, fabrication, and evaluation of a rocking chair for children with SCI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Quality Function Deployment (QFD) design process was used...
January 31, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Lucy Fishleigh, Rachel Taylor, Gabrielle Hale, Daniel Sam Bowers
PURPOSE: The purpose of the review was to explore current factors affecting the use of a powered wheelchair for an adult person a with a disability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This review followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (PRISMA) statement. Information about the characteristics of the studies (type, setting) and perceived barriers and facilitators to powered wheelchair use were extracted using a data extraction sheet. Data synthesis was achieved using narrative synthesis...
January 29, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Ja-Ho Leigh, Moon Young Kim, Jae-Nam Kim, Jun-Chul Chung, Soul Han, Jin Hong Kim, Gangpyo Lee
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the clinical applicability of a customised power wheelchair joystick using rapid prototyping with 3D modeling and printing technology within a rehabilitation centre for patients with cervical spinal cord injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two male participants with tetraplegia following cervical-level spinal cord injury who had difficulty operating a powered wheelchair were recruited. The procedure of the joystick-making and training service consists of four steps: (1) driving evaluation; (2) digital fabrication; (3) functional test; and (4) driving training...
January 17, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
José Varela-Aldás, William Avila-Armijos, Guillermo Palacios-Navarro
PURPOSE: Assistive technologies based on IoT can contribute to improve quality of living of patients with severe motor difficulties by providing partial or total independence. The aim of this work was to analyse the usability and performance of an assistive system based on the IoT when is evaluated by a child patient with spinal muscular atrophy type 1 (SMA-I). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study involved a child with SMA-I and his caregiver. The materials used include an M5Stack Core2 kit, a mobile app, and a smart switch based on the ESP-01S card...
January 13, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Béatrice Ouellet, Jade Berthiaume, Charlie Fortin, Maria Teodora Rusu, Paula W Rushton, Tatiana Dib, François Routhier, Krista L Best
PURPOSE: The Wheelchair Skills Training Program (WSTP) is underutilized in pediatrics for training manual wheelchair skills because the voluminous manual lacks pediatric specificity and no materials adapted for pediatric manual wheelchair users (PMWUs) are available. A set of resources (storybook, posters, training workbook) based on the WSTP has previously been developed for training basic indoor wheelchair skills with five to 15-year-old PMWUs. Occupational therapists (OTs) and PMWUs expressed a need for additional resources addressing higher-level skills...
January 12, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Hsiang-Han Huang, Yu-Wen Chu, Ai-Tzu Chan, Chia-Ling Chen
PURPOSE: Locomotor experiences in upright postures are essential for developing toddlers' mobility and social functions. This pilot randomised controlled trial aimed to examine the effectiveness of using a modified ride-on car (ROC) with postural combinations of standing and sitting on mobility and social function in toddlers with motor delays. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen participants aged 1-3 years with mild, moderate or severe motor delays were randomly assigned to four ROC groups...
January 5, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Minoo Dabiri Golchin, Jacquie Ripat, Michèle Verdonck
PURPOSE: Play is a fundamental human right and one of the most important occupations in children's lives. Fewer opportunities exist for children with physical disabilities (CWPD) to play. This study aimed to conduct a scoping review of published peer-reviewed literature on using AT to enable "play-for-the-sake-of-play" by CWPD. METHOD: The review was conducted using a widely accepted scoping review methodology. Literature searches were conducted from January 2000 to March 2022 using MEDLINE, Central, CINAHL, ERIC, Scopus, and EMBASE...
January 2, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jean Bendito Felix, Ana Carolina de Campos, Samuel W Logan, Julianne Machado, Karoline Souza Monteiro, Egmar Longo
PURPOSE: To explore the feasibility of an intervention using modified ride-on cars in terms of acceptability and potential changes in goal attainment, mobility, social function, and participation of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pre- and post-intervention feasibility study was conducted with children with CZS, levels IV and V of the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS). The intervention consisted of 12 weeks of training (3 times a week for 40 min per session) and 4 weeks of follow-up...
January 2, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Frederico Ribeiro Neto, Gustavo Henrique Costa Bezerra, Rafael Xavier Couto de Oliveira, Luis Felipe Castelli Correia de Campos, Rodrigo Rodrigues Gomes Costa
PURPOSE: Wheelchair users and people with disabilities have limited access to physical exercise due to various factors, including medical follow-up and training facilities. Although tele-exercise guided by experts has become a viable option, there is limited knowledge about the acute performance decrement (APD) resulting from remote training methods. The current cross-sectional study aimed to: (1) assess the APD of muscle resistance strength after three synchronous tele-exercise training methods in wheelchair users and (2) compare the training loads associated with each training method...
January 2, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Marjan Hosseini, Roanne Thomas, Lara Pilutti, Pascal Fallavollita, Jeffrey W Jutai
PURPOSE: This scoping review aims to identify evidence on older adults' acceptance of PA VR games in LTC facilities, describe research designs used, define key acceptance concepts, and identify knowledge gaps for future research. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Following Arksey and O'Malley's framework, data from published and unpublished articles (Jan 2000-May 2023) were collected. Twelve databases and additional sources were searched for studies on LTC residents (≥65 years), PA video games (including VR and console games), acceptance, and attitudes...
December 26, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Marjan Hosseini, Roanne Thomas, Lara Pilutti, Pascal Fallavollita, Jeffrey W Jutai
PURPOSE: Our study aimed to investigate the factors associated with the acceptance of virtual reality (VR) games among older adults living in LTC, with a particular emphasis on identifying social and individual factors that have been overlooked in existing technology acceptance models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted VR gaming sessions, followed by a composite questionnaire to explore the factors associated with the acceptance of VR games among residents of LTC with a focus on technology acceptance models (TAM) and social factors derived from Selective Optimization with Compensation (SOC) theory and Socioemotional Selectivity Theory (SST)...
December 26, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Kazuko Obayashi, Naonori Kodate, Yoko Ishii, Shigeru Masuyama
PURPOSE: Can assistive technologies (ATs) support aging in place for people with dementia and disability? In seeking to go beyond the persistent institutional care delivery paradigm, this proof-of-concept study tested the feasibility of home care delivery using sensors and remote communication devices. This article reports the collaborative efforts among care professionals, care recipients and family caregivers in their private home environment and the impact of in-home passive remote monitoring (PRM) system on the users...
December 24, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Kevin Farries, Matthew Baldock, James Thompson, Christopher Stokes, Carolyn A Unsworth
PURPOSE: Where pedestrian crossings meet rail tracks, a flange gap allows the train wheel flanges to pass. This gap can be hazardous for wheelchair users as castor wheels may become trapped. While compressible gap fillers can eliminate the flange gap, fillers are subject to wear, pose a derailment hazard to light rail vehicles and can strip grease from passing wheels. These issues could be mitigated by partially filling the flange gap with a compressible filler. The aim was to investigate the risk of entrapment and ease of extraction of wheelchair castors from flange gaps fully and partially filled with compressible fillers, and assess ride quality...
December 23, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Hannah Hye Yeon Oh, Sheila Pontis
Pressure reliefs (PRs) are self-care practices essential for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to prevent life-threatening pressure injuries (PIs). Despite the benefits, individuals often do not do these exercises at home, leading to increased patient morbidity and mortality. To examine how digital technology could improve this population's adherence to PR exercises, we conducted a technology probe study with five individuals with SCI over ten consecutive business days. A chat-based intervention was created to send user-scheduled PR reminders, which were personalized with visual elements and progress trackers...
December 22, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Minmin Zhou, Zehang Cheng, Kamal Sabran, Zuriawati Ahmad Zahari
PURPOSE: This systematic review aims to update the results related to user interfaces and digital technologies that support the social interactions of older adults. Multiple innovative technological forms in existing research were evaluated to obtain evidence that digital technologies improve older adults' quality of life and social well-being. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A search for relevant studies published in the last five years was conducted using the databases of Google Scholar, IEEE Xplore, PubMed, Scopus, Springer Link and Web of Science...
December 20, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Aoife McNicholl, Deirdre Desmond, Pamela Gallagher
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to explore the impact of AT in identity for students with disabilities in higher education and if/how this changes over time. METHODS: Using a longitudinal qualitative research design, semi-structured interviews were conducted with students with disabilities ( n  = 13) in higher education in Ireland on two occasions during an academic year. A trajectory approach to longitudinal analysis was employed. This involved the use of matrices and identification of a through line for the study, which connects participant change over time...
December 20, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Tai-Te Su, Shannon T Mejía
PURPOSE: Assistive technology (AT) use is prevalent in older adulthood and can accommodate activity difficulties to support well-being. However, within the context of multiple activity difficulties and multiple technology use, it is unclear how to best assess their combined effects on older adults' health outcomes. This study proposed four distinct approaches to quantify multiple AT use and examined their respective impact in later life. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using data from the 2015 round of the National Health and Aging Trends Study ( n  = 6,936), we compared four indices to summarize the state of multiple AT use among the U...
December 19, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
G F Bos, E van Wingerden, P S Sterkenburg
PURPOSE: Meaningful interactions with significant others are crucial for children's well-being, including those with severe to profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. This study aimed to gain more insight into the potential of an ICT-Toolkit in enhancing or contributing to the interaction between parents and their children with complex care needs. METHODS: A multiple case study with an AB experimental design was conducted. Four mother-child dyads were observed during eight two-and-a-half-hour home visits...
December 19, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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