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A Preliminary Study of Child and Environmental Factors Affecting Children's Participation in Everyday Activities

  • Michael Clarke
  • Tom Griffiths
  • K.V. Petrides
  • Caroline Newton
  • Katie Price
  • Andrew Lysley

The fundamental aim of AAC intervention is to support and develop participation in everyday life. While it is recognised that many and varied factors can influence the outcome of AAC intervention, little is apparently known about how factors interact to promote or hinder outcomes. This paper will present preliminary findings from a pilot study of children's participation in informal contexts, and relations between participation and child and environmental variables.

Parents of children attending two AAC assessment centres in England were invited to complete an extensive questionnaire which explored multiple and various child and environmental factors related to AAC use and participation. Participation was measured by parent proxy using 26 selected items from the Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment (CAPE; King et al., 2004) and by questions informed by Eriksson and Granlund's (2004) study of children's personal experiences of participation. Methods and preliminary findings will be discussed.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Secondary school transition