Achieving occupational goals with the TAPit: a case study

Verikios, Debbie, Hitch, Danielle and Andriske, Larissa 2016, Achieving occupational goals with the TAPit: a case study, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 189-196, doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2016.23.4.189.

Title Achieving occupational goals with the TAPit: a case study
Author(s) Verikios, Debbie
Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle
Andriske, Larissa
Journal name International journal of therapy and rehabilitation
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 189
End page 196
Total pages 8
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 1741-1645
Keyword(s) assistive technology
occupational goals
spinal cord injury
touch screens
Summary Background/Aims: The Touch Accessible Platform for Interactive Technology (TAPit) is an interactive learning station, with a large touch screen providing access to the Internet and other resources. The aim of this study was to investigate the physical, psychosocial and functional impact of the TAPit on an individual living with spinal cord injury. Methods: This study employed a mixed methods case study design. Quantitative data was analysed descriptively, and both quantitative and qualitative data was classified according to the dimensions. Results: The introduction of the TAPit to the participant addressed aspects of doing, being, becoming and belonging, and had an immediate and successful impact for her, as she achieved two long-held and meaningful goals during a short trial. Strengths and limitations for the TAPit were identified in regards to people with spinal cord injury, along with directions for future development. Conclusions: This case study provides the first evidence about the effectiveness of the TAPit as an item of assistive technology for people with spinal cord injury, including participant perspectives on its use. This study demonstrates its potential as a device to support people to be able to participate in meaningful activities and occupations and that the provision of suitable adaptations and apps are the key to its success.
Language eng
DOI 10.12968/ijtr.2016.23.4.189
Field of Research 110904 Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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