Open Access Mini Review

Enhancing Academic Performance of Children with Cerebral Palsy through Technological Aids: A Mini Review

Viviana Perilli1, Fabrizio Stasolla2* and Dominga Laporta3

1Villa Apelusion Medical Care Center, Italy

2University “Giustino Fortunato” of Benevento, Italy

3The Other Home Medical Center (Srgesta), Italy

Corresponding Author

Received Date: December 27, 2018;  Published Date: January 11, 2019


Background: Children with cerebral palsy may have extensive motor impairments and intellectual disabilities, with negative outcomes on their academic performance and constructive engagement.

Objectives: To assess the effects of assistive technology-based programs on self-determination and independence of children with cerebral palsy while dealing with academic activities. To evaluate the clinical validity of the implemented treatments. To carry out the effects of such interventions on positive participation and quality of life of children with cerebral palsy.

Method: A mini review was conducted on the empirical studies published during the last five years (i.e., 2013-2018 range period) within this framework. Four studies were critically discussed.

Results: Data were widely positive for all the participants. They improved their performance. Positive participation and constructive engagement as outcome measures of their quality of life increased as well.

Conclusion: Assistive Technology-based programs were helpful for enhancing academic performance of children with cerebral palsy. Their inclusion in daily settings was favorably fostered.

Keywords: Cerebral palsy; Assistive technology; Academic performance; Quality of life; Independence; Social validation; Positive participation; Constructive engagementt

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