“Switching ON Participation” : Evaluation of the measurement properties of the Switch Access Measure (SAM-2) and its potential as a clinically-informative outcome assessment for children who have complex physical disabilities.
Improving children’s mental health and the impact of developmental disorders.
Novita Children’s Services
Effective assistive technology (AT) unlocks the door to participation for children with complex physical disabilities, letting them express needs/ideas, play, and/or control their environment. Ineffective AT brings risk of isolation and dependence, with consequences for life satisfaction and mental health. Many of these children need a personalised switch-based system (body-part/voice-activated/sound–activated) to operate their AT. Choosing the best switch(es) system/set-up is complex, and impeded by lack of a measure to let clinicians comprehensively evaluate children’s switching ability/outcomes. We created the Switch Access Measure (SAM/SAM-2) to fill this gap. This study will provide definitive evidence on SAM-2’s measurement stability and value.