ICT based technology to support play for children with severe physical disabilities

R. van den Heuvel*, M. Lexis, L. de Witte

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Play is important for a child''s development. Children with severe physical disabilities experience difficulties engaging in play. With the progress of technology the possibilities to support play are increasing. The purpose of this review was to gain insight into the possibilities and availability of ICT based technology to support play in children with severe physical disabilities. Methods A systematic literature search within the databases PubMed, CINAHL, IEEE and ERIC was carried out. Three reviewers assessed titles and abstracts independently. Additionally, Google Scholar, conference proceedings and reference lists were used. Results and conclusion The included publications reported on 27 different technologies, which can be classified into three main groups; robots, virtual reality systems and computer systems. There are several options that may have great potential in supporting play for this target group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive Technology
EditorsC. Sik-Lányi, E.J. Hoogerwerf, K. Miesenberger, P. Cudd
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-565-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Publication series

SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics


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