Differences in patterns of physical participation in recreational activities between children with and without intellectual and developmental disability

Chi-Wen Chien, Sylvia Rodger, Jodie Copley

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Aim To compare patterns of physical engagement in recreational activities between children with and without IDD. Methods and procedures Fifty children with IDD (26 boys, 24 girls; mean age 8.7 years) were matched for age and sex with 50 typically developing children. Parents completed a questionnaire which captured participation in 11 recreational activities involving hand use as an indication of physical engagement. Outcome and results More than 80% of children in both groups participated physically in eight recreational activities, but fewer children with IDD participated in six activities when compared with typically developing children. Children with IDD also participated less frequently in five activities and required more assistance to participate in all the 11 activities. Parents wanted their child with IDD to participate in 10 recreational activities with less assistance. Conclusions and implications The difference between the groups related to participation frequency, independence, and parents’ desire for changes in their child's participation. Greater efforts are needed to address these differences and to support recreational participation in children with IDD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017


  • Children
  • Intellectual and developmental disability
  • Participation
  • Recreation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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