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Systematic review of factors influencing health care professionals in provision of assistive technology to children

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The use of Assistive Technology (AT), including the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) by young children with disabilities has been associated with improvement in outcomes within all spheres of life. As children with disabilities often experience multiple barriers to participate in learning activities, AT can be a valuable tool in facilitating access to participation and learning in all spheres of life. Although the use of AT holds many potential benefits when used with young children, AT appears to be underutilised with this population.
Aim:
In this systematic review (forming the first phase of a PhD project), factors will be identified from the literature that are perceived by health care professionals (OTs, PTs, SLPs) as influencing the provision of AT (including AAC) to young children with disabilities. These will include factors from all levels of the ecology, not only those identified during a formal assessment.
Method & results:
The articles included in the review will be from peer reviewed journals from several databases used frequently in the field of AT and AAC, published between 1990 and 2014. The completed PRISMA diagram will be included. Extracted data from included articles will be synthesised to identify factors perceived by Health Care Professionals to influence AT provision to children.

Author(s):

Karin van Niekerk    
Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria
South Africa

Shakila Dada    
Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria
South Africa

Kerstin Tönsing    
Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria
South Africa

 

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