Role of Occupational Therapy While Working with Cerebral Palsy Children Using Orthopedic Assistive Devices


  • Ashot Shahinyan Emili Aregak Foundation
  • Marianna Harutyunyan Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University



orthopedic assistive devices, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy intervention, children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), assessment, participation


The main aim of the following research paper is to identify and interpret the preconditions and instructions for the implementation of effective Occupational Therapy intervention during the use of orthopedic assistive devices. In trying to highlight the role, professional skills, and perspectives of the occupational therapist, it will be possible to identify the key provisions that, if applied, will encourage the maximum participation of a child with Cerebral Palsy in several activities that are meaningful to him/her, thereby improving his/her quality of life and well-being.

The methodology of data collection, processing, and analysis of the research is based on a combined method approach, which allows combining quantitative data collection and use of quantitative methods to later conclude the data obtained through certain numerical patterns. Structural interviews and designed questionnaires were used with 50 children having Cerebral Palsy and their parents or caregivers.

The results showed that today in Armenia, due to the problems of obtaining and using orthopedic assistive devices, as well as the lack of professional supervision and monitoring, it is limited or does not ensure the maximum independent participation of children with Cerebral Palsy in community life, self-care, and professional activities.

Author Biographies

Ashot Shahinyan, Emili Aregak Foundation

MA in OT, Rehabilitation Therapist

Emili Aregak Foundation, Armenia

Marianna Harutyunyan, Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University

EU MSc OT, PhD in Education, Associate Professor

Chair of Speech and Rehabilitative Therapy

Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University, Armenia


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How to Cite

Shahinyan, A., & Harutyunyan, M. (2021). Role of Occupational Therapy While Working with Cerebral Palsy Children Using Orthopedic Assistive Devices . Armenian Journal of Special Education, 4(2), 39-59.