Understanding engagement in community activities for children with and without disabilities

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Abstract

Introduction: Community engagement experiences are a key part of early childhood and are essential for social connections, development, and quality of life. However, children with disabilities do not have the same access to these experiences. Speech Pathologists are ideally placed to target this area, as they support children by building community capacity to increase opportunities for children’s greater social participation.
Method: This presentation will share quantitative results from the Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). The LSAC study used a cross-sequential design of questionnaires sent to families to follow the development and well-being of 10,000 Australian study children. This presentation will focus on wave data from the infant and child cohorts until they turn seven years.

Results: This presentation will report on the relationship between the community engagement of children with and without disabilities during the early years (seven years and under). Initial results from the LSAC data confirm broader international research which suggests that children with disabilities engage less in community activities than children without disabilities, in this case in Australia. These statistics can be broken into activity types, including swimming, gymnastics, team sport, music, dance, and religious groups.
Conclusions: Community activities provide children with opportunities to enhance their development and connect with peers. To best understand these quantitative results, a qualitative exploration of the lived experiences of these children with disabilities and their families is essential. With this understanding, Speech Pathologists will have more knowledge to support children’s community engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event32nd World Congress of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) 2023: IALP 2023 - The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 20 Aug 202324 Aug 2023
https://ialpauckland2023.org/

Conference

Conference32nd World Congress of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) 2023
Abbreviated titleTogether Towards Tomorrow
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period20/08/2324/08/23
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