Title

Usability of public playgrounds among children with disabilities: : perspectives of primary caregivers in Imus, Cavite

Date of Completion

12-19-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Keywords

Disabled Children, Caregivers, Play and Playthings, Play Therapy

Abstract

This study used qualitative phenomenological approach. The researchers conducted a non-probability sampling using a snowball sampling technique. The study involves a population of 10 primary caregivers of the diagnosed children with disabilities residing in Imus, Cavite. A self-made questionnaire was used. Thematic type of analysis was chosen to by the researchers to be used in analyzing the results of the study. Findings showed that the children can play inside the playground but cannot use all play equipment due to presence of rusts, broken facilities, muddy ground, and old play equipment. Additionally, presences of peers, and encouragement from peers and primary caregivers have increased playground usability. In general, the playground has been an important space for the social development of children with disabilities. Therefore, playgrounds that are worn out and old should be repaired, and grounds should be rubberized. There should be peers inside the playground and awareness of importance of playgrounds among primary caregivers must be raised to encourage the children to play in playgrounds and thus, increase the usability of playgrounds.

First Advisor

Arden A. Panotes

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