Ruth Segal, Angela Mandich, Helene Polatajko, Joanne Valiant Cook; Stigma and Its Management: A Pilot Study of Parental Perceptions of the Experiences of Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder. Am J Occup Ther 2002;56(4):422–428. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.56.4.422
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The findings of a small qualitative interview study with 8 parents of 6 children with developmental coordination disorder are reported. The parents discussed the social consequences of their children’s motor difficulties. The new International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health was used as a framework for the analysis of the interview transcripts. The analysis revealed that the parents believed that their children’s impairments restrict their participation in society. The interactions between impairment and participation are interpreted in the context of stigma and its management. The significance of occupational therapy interventions in the area of physical activity play to children’s social life is discussed.
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