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Family members of children with disabilities: perceptions regarding playful activities in rehabilitation


The scope of this study was to establish the perception of family members regarding playful activities developed for children with disabilities at a public health institution in Florianópolis (Santa Catarina State). It is a descriptive-exploratory study with a qualitative approach to the data. The participants were family members of children with disabilities who receive health care in a rehabilitation institution. For data collection, a semi-structured interview script with systematic observations was used. An audio recorder and field diary were used for data recording. Data analysis was performed using the content analysis technique. The family members mentioned limitations in the institution’s management due to non-compliance with aspects of the accessibility law. However, they stressed that the playful activities carried out by the professionals resulted in motor, cognitive, social, emotional and language skill benefits for the children, among other improvements. In addition, they highlighted benefits for themselves in light of the family support care network. Although there was some dissatisfaction regarding management, the satisfaction of the family members with the commitment of the professionals to the health service was clearly stated.

Disabled children; Professional-family relations; Humanization of assistance; Rehabilitation; Games and playthings

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