Parents' perceptions of physical activity for their children with visual impairments

Kara Perkins, Luis Columna, Lauren Lieberman, Jo Ellen Bailey

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Introduction: Ongoing communication with parents and the acknowledgment of their preferences and expectations are crucial to promote the participation of physical activity by children with visual impairments. Purpose: The study presented here explored parents' perceptions of physical activity for their children with visual impairments and explored barriers to physical activity. Methods: The 11 parents of children with visual impairments took part in one-on-one semistructured interviews that were transcribed and then analyzed through a constant comparative analysis. Results: Three themes emerged from the analysis of the data: the holistic benefits of physical activity, barriers to physical activity, and solutions to physical activity. Discussion: The results revealed that the parents valued and had high expectations for physical activity for their children; however, they believed that there were multiple barriers to overcome. Implications for practitioners: Adapted physical education and recreational professionals must include parents in planning and implementing physical education and physical activity programs. Infusing information about physical activity and physical education in the professional preparation of teachers of students with visual impairments is also part of this important solution. Last, pre-teaching basic foundational skills for movement and sports is important to ensure the participation of children with visual impairments in physical education and recreational activities later in life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-142
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Rehabilitation


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