BackgroundThis is a study of two Canadian instruments called CAPE “Children`s Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment” and PAC “Preferences for Activities of Children”. Our purpose was not to gain external validation, but to look at positive and negative aspects of these instruments by exploring the benefits of using them in clinical work at Beitostølen Helsesportsenter (BHSS).
Material and methodWe used both these instruments on six children who where at a habilitation stay at BHSS. Our informants were both boys and girls with different diagnosis, ranging from 7 to 18 years old. The information we got from this research was systematically analyzed and used to get more knowledge about the benefits of these instruments in clinical work.
Results and ConclusionBoth instruments were easy to use and understand for the children and for us as interviewers. By using CAPE we got almost a complete picture of the children’s leisure activities. The challenge is that the “interview based” method requires a lot of time. The “self- administered” method will probably require less time, but since we have not explored this method, we don’t know if it would give us the same results as the “interviewed based” method. PAC gives us knowledge about the children’s preferations for leisure activities. It is important that children participate in leisure activities based on their own interests. This will increase their motivation and sense of coping. These instruments can give interesting and valuable information that can be useful in the clinical work at BHSS. The instruments are not translated to Norwegian, and there are several cultural and lingual barriers to cross before the instruments are ready to be used in clinical work in Norway.