Comparing participation in out of school activities between children with visual impairments, children with hearing impairments and typical peers

Batya Engel-Yeger, Shaima Hamed-Daher

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Hearing or visual impairments may negatively affect child's development and participation. Yet the literature about participation of children with hearing or visual impairments is insufficient. The present study aimed to compare participation patterns of children with visual impairments to those of children with hearing impairments and to typical peers and to examine the correlations between participation and socio-demographic parameters in each group.Participants were 70 children between the ages of 6-11: 25 with hearing impairments, 20 with visual impairments and 25 typical peers. All children filled the Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment (CAPE). This self-report refers to participation in daily out of school activities.Children with hearing or visual impairments showed significant limited participation compared to typical peers, expressed in lower number of activities, lower participation intensity; more activities performed at home and with someone else. The limited participation was more emphasized among children with visual impairments. Socio-demographic variables (age, mother's education and socio-economic level) correlated with participation dimensions in both study groups.In conclusion, children with hearing or visual impairments may have restricted participation in out of school activities. Socio-demographic parameters may play a role in encouraging child's participation. Participation among these populations should be further studied in order to assist service providers to create intervention programs together with the child, for enhancing his/her inclusion in the community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3124-3132
Number of pages9
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Children
  • Hearing
  • Leisure activities
  • Participation
  • Sensory loss
  • Visual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Comparing participation in out of school activities between children with visual impairments, children with hearing impairments and typical peers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this