Research Article  |   April 2015
Parents’ Understanding of Play for Children With Cerebral Palsy
Author Affiliations
  • Naomi E. Graham, MSc, BSc(Hons), is Children’s Occupational Therapist, London Children’s Practice, London; naomigraham@hotmail.co.uk
  • Juliette Truman, PhD, MSc, DipCOT, is Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Practice Academic Liaison Lead for Occupational Therapy, University of Southampton, Southampton, England
  • Heather Holgate, BSc(OT), is Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist for Children, Redbridge, London
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Children and Youth
Research Article   |   April 2015
Parents’ Understanding of Play for Children With Cerebral Palsy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2015, Vol. 69, 6903220050p1-6903220050p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.015263
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2015, Vol. 69, 6903220050p1-6903220050p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.015263
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. To present the findings of an exploratory study regarding the experience of play as an everyday occupation for children with severe cerebral palsy from their parents’ perspective.

METHOD. We took a qualitative methodology and interpretive descriptive approach. After ethical approval, 7 participants were recruited and completed an interview and contextual information sheet.

RESULTS. The interview data led to the exploration of four themes: typical play, burden of play, expanding the concept of play, and therapy and play. These components were interlinked and contributed to parents’ understanding of play.

CONCLUSION. Occupational therapy practitioners can aim to further understand the importance of affirming typical play, recognizing the burden of play, explaining expanded play, and explaining the importance of play for play’s sake.