Gaining or regaining that balance is a core concept within occupational therapy.
Raising a child with special needs is one factor that challenges parents in achieving a balance.
The purpose of this research was to describe factors that affect the leisure occupations of these parents. A qualitative approach was used in which in-depth interviews and the adapted Barth Time Construction were administered to four married couples that were raising children with Down syndrome who were between seven and nine years of age.
Data was examined through content analysis.
Results indicated that the parents of children with Down syndrome had limitations in time available for leisure, changes in types of leisure engaged in, and an increase in planning for leisure activities.
Despite overall satisfaction with the manner in which they allocated their time, parents frequently noted the potential benefits of incorporating more leisure into their daily lives.
Limitations of the study include type and size of sample.