Promoting Leisure Participation as Part of Health and Well-Being in Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy

Shikako-Thomas, Keiko; Kolehmainen, Niina; Ketelaar, Marjolijn; Bult, Maureen; Law, Mary
August 2014
Journal of Child Neurology;Aug2014, Vol. 29 Issue 8, p1125
Academic Journal
Participation in leisure is a human right and is central to the health of children and youth. The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth supported a change in thinking about what outcomes are most relevant in the context of children’s health and places participation as one of the constituent elements of health. Participation is also a fundamental rehabilitation and health promotion outcome for children with cerebral palsy as identified by youth, parents, and health professionals. Several studies have identified individual and environmental factors related to participation in leisure; new studies are now determining the best interventions to promote participation. This article summarizes recent findings and proposes important topics for neurologists to consider in exploring leisure pursuits with children with cerebral palsy and their families and in working with rehabilitation professionals to promote engagement in leisure opportunities as part of integrated care.


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