An observation-based instrument to measure what children with disabilities do on the playground: a Rasch analysis

Patricia Grady-Dominguez*, Anita Bundy, Jo Ragen, Shirley Wyver, Michelle Villeneuve, Geraldine Naughton, Paul Tranter, Aaron Eakman, Susan Hepburn, Kassia Beetham

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    Abstract

    The school playground provides a natural context for play observation for children of all abilities. However, play promoters interested in designing and assessing playground interventions are limited by a lack of quantitative observation tools to measure playground play sophistication for groups of children. We used Rasch analysis to evaluate the psychometric properties of a novel iPad application designed to capture observational data on the playground for children with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability. This initial investigation provides strong evidence for construct validity and moderate evidence for reliability. We suggest directions for further measure development and calibration. In conclusion, this observation tool has potential to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of playground play for children of all abilities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-93
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational journal of play
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • outdoor play
    • playground
    • Rasch
    • autism spectrum disorder
    • intellectual disability

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