Influences on selection of assistive technology for young children in South Africa : perspectives from rehabilitation professionals

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dc.contributor.author Van Niekerk, Karin
dc.contributor.author Dada, Shakila
dc.contributor.author Tonsing, Kerstin Monika
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-09T09:02:31Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT : Selection of assistive technology for young children is a complex process. Within a context with limited resources, such as South Africa, research is needed to determine the factors influencing the assistive technology selection process, as these could ultimately either facilitate or hinder the availability and accessibility of affordable, adaptable, acceptable, and high quality assistive technology for this age group. METHOD : Two asynchronous online focus groups were conducted with 16 rehabilitation professionals to identify the factors they perceived to influence the selection and provision of assistive technology to young children within the South African context. DATA ANALYSIS : A process of deductive thematic analysis was followed by inductive analysis of the data. Components of the Assistive Technology Device Selection Framework were used as themes to guide the deductive analysis, followed by inductive analysis to create subthemes. DISCUSSION : The important role of the professional was highlighted in negotiating all the factors to consider in the assistive technology selection and provision process. Adaptation of the Assistive Technology Device Selection Framework is suggested in order to facilitate application to low resourced contexts, such as South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-12-01
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation Tutuka Grantholder linked bursary (TTK 150708124127) and the Research Office of the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/idre20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Karin van Niekerk, Shakila Dada & Kerstin Tönsing (2019) Influences on selection of assistive technology for young children in South Africa: perspectives from rehabilitation professionals, Disability and Rehabilitation, 41:8, 912-925, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1416500. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0963-8288 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1464-5165 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/09638288.2017.1416500
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/69071
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor and Francist en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an electronic version of an article published in Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 41, no. 8, pp. 912-925, 2019. doi : 10.1080/09638288.2017.1416500. Disability and Rehabilitation is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/idre20. en_ZA
dc.subject Assistive Technology (AT) en_ZA
dc.subject Young children en_ZA
dc.subject Low resourced context en_ZA
dc.subject Rehabilitation en_ZA
dc.subject Professional en_ZA
dc.subject Selection en_ZA
dc.subject Online focus group en_ZA
dc.title Influences on selection of assistive technology for young children in South Africa : perspectives from rehabilitation professionals en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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