To activate or not to activate: Direct support persons' experiences in the motor activation of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

Leontien Bossink, Annette van der Putten, Aly Waninge, Carla Vlaskamp

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Aim: Motor activation of persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) in daily practice is rather limited, notwithstanding the obvious benefit. Given the needs of people with PIMD, direct support persons are to a great extent responsible for including motor activation in their daily work routine. The facilitators and barriers to the motor activation of people with PIMD specifically for direct support persons are as yet unknown. The aim of this study was to explore facilitators and barriers related to motor activation of people with PIMD.
Method: Semi-structured interviews (n = 20) were conducted with direct support persons of people with PIMD working in the Netherlands. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically.
Results: Direct support persons underline the motor inactivity in people with PIMD. Preliminary findings in barriers are referred to as a high degree of dependency of individuals, not knowing what to do and how to motivate colleagues.
Conclusion: Barriers perceived by direct support persons need to be taken into account in developing feasible interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event15th IASSIDD World Congress - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 15-Aug-201619-Aug-2016

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