A1 Journal article (refereed)
Getting into the Same Boat : Enabling the Realization of the Disabled Child’s Agency in Adult–Child Play Interaction (2021)

Olli, J., Salanterä, S., Karlsson, L., & Vehkakoski, T. (2021). Getting into the Same Boat : Enabling the Realization of the Disabled Child’s Agency in Adult–Child Play Interaction. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 23(1), 272-283. https://doi.org/10.16993/sjdr.790

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Olli, Johanna; Salanterä, Sanna; Karlsson, Liisa; Vehkakoski, Tanja

Journal or series: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research

ISSN: 1501-7419

eISSN: 1745-3011

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 23

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 272-283

Publisher: Stockholm University Press

Publication country: Sweden

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/sjdr.790

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78194


The purpose of this study was to find out how an adult can enable or hinder the realization of a disabled child’s agency in play interaction. We focused on the child’s play invitations, which were constructed as dispreferred by the adult. The data consisted of nine videotaped playing situations with five nurses and five disabled children in a children’s neurological ward. The microanalysis with interventionist applied conversation analysis focused on one playing situation between one nurse and one three-year-old boy with no spoken language. The nurse responded to the child’s play invitations constructed as dispreferred by her in three different ways. Two of them were about trying to control the situation, either through managing the child’s behaviour or by guiding the plot of the play. The third way of responding was negotiating through dialogical playing, which enabled the realization of the child’s agency. The findings can be utilized widely for developing child-centred practices.

Keywords: parent-child relationship; adults; children (age groups); disabled people; disability; human agency; freedom of will; nonverbal communication; playing (children's games); interaction; nurses

Free keywords: adult–child relationship; agency; disabled children; nonverbal communication; play

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1

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