Date

2020

Major

Exercise Science (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Gavin Colquitt

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to use a qualitative participatory action research method – Photovoice – to identify perceived barriers and facilitators to school functioning among school-based physical therapists of children with cerebral palsy (CP). Seven physical therapists made up the participants in this study. The researchers followed the nine-step methodology recommended for Photovoice. During the training session, participants were educated on the background of Photovoice and the purpose of the study. They were given 14 days to take photographs after which researchers used a focus group interview structured by the SHOWeD method. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) was used to analyze the transcript and identify common themes. Perceived barriers included lack of inclusiveness, restricted independence, and limited accessibility of equipment and resources. Facilitators included support and relationships and education and training services. Photovoice serves as a powerful tool to initiate change to improve the ability of children with CP to function in school.

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