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How children with cerebral palsy master bimanual activities from a parental perspective.

Journal article
Authors Git Lidman
Kate Himmelmann
Gunilla Gosman-Hedström
Marie Peny-Dahlstrand
Published in Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy
Volume 25
Issue 4
Pages 252-259
ISSN 1651-2014
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Pediatrics
Pages 252-259
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2017.13...
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Subject categories Health Sciences

Abstract

During childhood, children learn the daily life activities they want and need to do. Children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy often have difficulties performing activities requiring two hands.To describe parental reasoning on how children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy learn to master the performance of bimanual activities in everyday life.Sixteen parents participated in focus groups, a qualitative research approach with its own methodological criteria and research methods.One overall theme emerged from the analysis: 'Finding harmony between pleasure and effort is the key to learning'. This overall theme arose as a synthesis of four themes: 'awakening of the inner drive', 'trying on one's own', 'enabling things to work' and 'it must be worth the effort´. The parents described when an activity woke their children´s inner drive to perform. Their children also strived to develop their own way to perform an activity, sometimes with the support of others, still, some activities were not possible to learn.Occupational therapists and others in the children's environment have an important mission to support the children to find their own harmony between pleasure and effort and their individual key to success in learning bimanual everyday activities.

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