Parents’ perspectives on managing risk in play for children with developmental disabilities

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Stillianesis, Samantha, Spencer, Grace, Villeneuve, Michelle, Sterman, Julia, Bundy, Anita, Wyver, Shirley, Tranter, Paul, Naughton, Geraldine, Ragen, Jo and Beetham, Kassia S.. (2021). Parents’ perspectives on managing risk in play for children with developmental disabilities. Disability and Society. pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2021.1874298
AuthorsStillianesis, Samantha, Spencer, Grace, Villeneuve, Michelle, Sterman, Julia, Bundy, Anita, Wyver, Shirley, Tranter, Paul, Naughton, Geraldine, Ragen, Jo and Beetham, Kassia S.
Abstract

Parents are often concerned about managing risks for their children, particularly in the context of disability. This paper reports qualitative findings from an intervention study and examines how parents of children with developmental disabilities (mainly autism) manage risks during play. Interviews (n = 17) highlighted parents’ fears about their child’s safety, which were often exacerbated by concerns about the child’s (lack of) cognitive and intellectual capabilities to ‘appropriately’ negotiate harms. Outdoor play and play that involved other children were reported as particularly challenging. In these contexts, parents described how they would intervene and redirect play activities to avoid any emergent physical, emotional and social harms. The social aspects of risk and disability gave way to adult-mediated and controlled forms of play. We conclude by considering opportunities to support the full inclusion of children with disabilities and their rights to play.

Keywordsrisk-taking; play; childhood; disability; children’s rights; inclusion
Year2021
JournalDisability and Society
Journal citationpp. 1-21
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1360-0508
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2021.1874298
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85100341226
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1-21
FunderAustralian Research Council
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Online03 Feb 2021
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Accepted21 Dec 2020
Deposited19 Nov 2021
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDARC/DP140101792
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