Effectiveness of Commonly Used Motivational Strategies in Physical and Occupational Therapy from Children's Perspectives

Contact: Maria Aufheimer

This study seeks to investigate how children and teenagers perceive strategies applied by therapists to motivate them during physical and occupational therapy.

The goal of this study is to discuss existing results regarding common strategies (e.g., positive feedback or rewards) and gain an understanding of children's and teenager's perspectives on them. Further, we seek to understand why children and teenagers might not be motivated to participate in therapy, and what role digital games may play in the context of therapy. 

Participation in this study comprises of participation in a semi-structured interview of about 30 minutes, can be done in person or online, and will be remunerated with 30€. Target group for this study are children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 16 who have participated or currently participate in physical and/or occupational therapy, alongside a legal guardian. 

In the interview, the following topics will be discussed:

  • demographic information
  • experiences with (physical and occupational) therapy in general
  • past therapy sessions that were especially motivating or demotivating
  • perspectives on strategies that are applied by therapists to motivate patients
  • experiences with (digital) games in the context of therapy

For more information, please refer to the following documents and feel free to reach out with any further questions!