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Octopus watch fosters family resilience by enhancing occupational engagement for children with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus: pilot Study

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dc.contributor.author Jennings, Mark
dc.contributor.author Guilfoyle, Aoife
dc.contributor.author Green, James A.
dc.contributor.author Cleary, Yvonne
dc.contributor.author Gowran, Rosemary Joan
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-23T10:03:56Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-23T10:03:56Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9477
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Children with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus (SB&/H) often experience difficulties with activities of daily living (ADLs) due to impaired executive functioning, increasing sedentary behaviours. The HeyJoy Octopus watch, a child-friendly icon-based smartwatch could be used as an enabler to promote purposeful ADLs (i.e., goal-orientated ADLs). Objective: to investigate the effectiveness of the Octopus watch in promoting purposeful ADLs for children living with SB&/H (<8 years). Methods: Mixed-methods engaging parents and children in four phases: (1) Administered demographic questionnaire, semi-structured interview, childhood executive functioning inventory (CHEXI) and the Canadian occupational performance measure (COPM); focus group one introducing the study, information pack using smartwatch and photovoice data collection methods. (2) Measured baseline movement for four days with smartwatch without using functions. (3) Measured activity for 16-days while using the smartwatch. (4) Re administered assessments and conducted a second focus group based on photovoice narratives. Results: movement data recorded for four participants, three of four showed mean activity increase (36%). N-of-1 analyses found one participant showed clear improvement (p = 0.021, r 2 = 0.28). Mean inhibition decreased by 16.4%, and mean change in COPM performance and satisfaction scores were 2.1 and 2.4, respectively. The photovoice narrative focus group supports findings evidenced with improved daily routines. Conclusions: The Octopus watch is an innovative early intervention that can promote purposeful ADLs, fostering family resilience by enhancing occupational engagement. Further research is required. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Int. Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health;17, 8316
dc.subject occupational engagement en_US
dc.subject spina bifida en_US
dc.subject hydrocephalus en_US
dc.title Octopus watch fosters family resilience by enhancing occupational engagement for children with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus: pilot Study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/ijerph17228316
dc.contributor.sponsor Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day Fund en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 3045313


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