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Occup Ther Health Care. 2014 Jul;28(3):318-32. doi: 10.3109/07380577.2013.874063. Epub 2014 Feb 20.

Use of computer access technology as an alternative to writing for a pre-school child with athetoid cerebral palsy--a case report.

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1Department of Occupational Therapy, Rumailah Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation , Doha , Qatar.


The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the use of an outcome-driven model of decision-making in the implementation of computer access technology (CAT) for a pre-school child with athetoid cerebral palsy. The child did not have the fine motor skills required to hold a pencil but had the cognitive abilities to learn to write; therefore, we explored the use of a CAT device to enable written communication. Case study methodology was used to describe the selection process, child-level outcomes, and clinical challenges faced by the therapist in the use of a consortium model that was designed for an outcome-driven model of decision-making. The critical role of an occupational therapist in this process using a family-centered approach is discussed.


Cerebral Palsy; Computer Access Technology; Occupational Therapy; Outcome-Driven Model

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