Survey: Accessible TechToys for infants with significant motor and physical needs

Survey: Accessible TechToys for infants with significant motor and physical needs
Posted on Wed 18 Jan 2023

We are a multi-stakeholder research team, including parents, clinicians, engineers and researchers conducting a study about toys which could be modified and adapted to better meet the needs of infants and young children with significant motor and physical needs.

We invite you to fill out a 15-30 minute survey where you will be asked to identify toys that are commonly played with, and which toys you would like to see modified. You will also be asked about difficulties you currently face when picking toys for your child, and what aspects/functions of toys you would like to see improved.

Click here to take part in the survey.

This research study is about toys which could be modified and adapted to better meet the needs of infants and young children with significant motor and physical needs. Play is an important aspect of children’s development, who learn important developmental skills through interactions with toys, parents, and other children. However, children with disability can have difficulties in engaging in play due to limitations in their motor skills, and are unable to handle and play with commercially available toys. Therefore, there is a need to design and adapt toys and games for children with disability to allow them to participate in play.

The aim of this project is to co-design and adapt toys to better meet the needs for children with cerebral palsy who cannot easily play with commercially available toys. We would like to identify toys that are commonly played with, and which toys parents and caregivers would like to see modified. This will be completed in two phases.

To download a flyer with more information about this study, click here.

  • Criteria for eligible participants

We want to hear from all parents and carers of a child with cerebral palsy aged 6 months to 3 years (with a GMFCS of III-V or MACS of III-IV) who might benefit from using adapted toys.

  • Get involved at our 'come and try' sessions!

The second phase of the TechToys project will involve "come and try" play sessions at five CPA therapy sites. Children will have the exciting opportunity to play with three adapted toys in hour-long, one-on-one sessions with our research team at the below centres:

  • Canberra: 26th April, 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Kingswood: 1st May 9am – 4pm
  • Prairiewood: 5th May 9am – 4pm
  • Tuggerah: 8th May 9am – 4pm

Our research team will demonstrate how to use and play with the toys. The aim of this play session is to assess the child’s interaction and playfulness with each adapted toy. It is not an assessment of their skill development or function.

To learn more about the study please contact:

Dr Petra Karlsson
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute - The University of Sydney
Email: pkarlsson@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Click here to take part in the survey.

Please note that this survey will close on Sunday 30 April, 2023.

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