Patterns of Leisure and Recreation use of Adolescents with a Mild Learning Disability

Author(s): Buttimer, J. and Tierney, E.

Department: Psychology and Research Departments, COPE Foundation

Key Words: Leisure, Recreation, Adolescents, Intellectual Disability

Reported: Buttimer, J. & Tierney, E. (2005) Patterns of leisure and participation among adolescents with a mild intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 9(1), 1-18

(29 Jul 2009)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the leisure and recreational use of teenagers over the age of 16 years with a learning disability attending full-time special educational provision. Two samples participated in this study. Sample one were students attending a second level school for pupils with special educational needs. The second were parents of these students. A total of 34 student and parent response forms were used in the final data analysis. Information and data were obtained via an adapted version of the TRAIL Leisure Assessment Battery (TLAB) for people with cognitive impairments (Dattilo & Hoge, 1997).

Analysis of the data revealed that the majority of students were engaging in passive, solitary activities with high dependency on other family members. The results indicate the need for a home-school based supported leisure programme with an emphasis on the development of leisure and friendship skills.

 Edel Tierney, COPE Foundation  Telephone:  021 4507131 ext 3342

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