Special Issue "Technological Innovation for the Evaluation and Intervention in Children with Functional Diversity"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Integrative Pediatrics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Dulce María Romero-Ayuso
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Guest Editor
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Interests: ADHD; ASD; virtual reality; augmented reality
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Prof. Dr. Miguel Gea Megías
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Guest Editor
Department of Software Engineering, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Interests: serious games; assistive technologies; mixed reality (AR/VR); robotic and sensor technologies; ambient assisted living; education; special needs; neurodevelopmental disorders; evaluation; intervention; rehabilitation; communication; language; neuroscience; eHealth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The innovation and development of new technologies applied to the health sciences allow the advancement both in the techniques of evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention of children with functional diversity, responding to the multiple needs that arise in their daily lives, such as participation in school, in leisure and play activities, as well as in personal care and community mobility activities.

In addition, its application allows improving the quality of life, providing greater dignity to each child, facilitating the lives of their caregivers, making the environments safer and more friendly and, therefore, being a source of support.

We would like to invite you to participate in this new Special Issue with the challenge of moving forward and making relevant contributions to provide equal opportunities to all children, regardless of their condition. We hope that this Special Issue will inspire the scientific community and all professionals who work with children with functional diversity.

Prof. Dr. Dulce María Romero-Ayuso
Prof. Dr. Miguel Gea Megías
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • serious games
  • virtual reality
  • augmented reality
  • robotic
  • domotic
  • sensors
  • assessment
  • intervention
  • neuroscience
  • communication
  • rehabilitation
  • eHealth
  • assisted living

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A Short Version of the EFECO Online Questionnaire for the Assessment of Executive Functions in School-Age Children
Children 2021, 8(9), 799; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8090799 - 11 Sep 2021
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Executive function (EF) is a group of processes that allow individuals to be goal-oriented and to have adaptive functioning, so that adequate performance is essential for success in activities of daily living, at school and in other activities. The present study aims to [...] Read more.
Executive function (EF) is a group of processes that allow individuals to be goal-oriented and to have adaptive functioning, so that adequate performance is essential for success in activities of daily living, at school and in other activities. The present study aims to create a short version of the Executive Functioning Questionnaire (EFECO) since there is a gap in the Spanish literature due to the lack of behavioural observation questionnaires at school age. A total of 3926 participants completed the online questionnaire. Subsequently, the validity and reliability of the data are analysed. The results show that the short version of the questionnaire, the EFECO-S, has a structure with five dimensions (emotional self-control, initiation, working memory, inhibition, and spatial organisation), as well as a second-order factor (global executive skill) and high reliability (ordinal Alpha = 0.68–0.88). The EFECO is composed of 67 items, while the EFECO-S has 20 items, four per factor, which turns it into a quick and easy to apply test. Therefore, it becomes an interesting alternative to be applied in screening processes with children who may be experiencing executive difficulties. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Contributor #1

Name: Elena Pinero-Pinto  et al.

Affiliation: University of Sevilla

Tentative Topic/Title: Experiences of families with children with infantile hemiparesis on the use of low-cost technologies

Contributor #2

Name: José Luis Cuesta Gómez et al.

Affiliation: University of Burgos

Tentative Topic/Title: Applications of virtual reality to children with dyslexia

Contributor #3

Name: Xavier Alarman et al.

Affiliation:  Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Tentative Topic/Title: Virtual worlds in secondary education for students with special needs

Contributor #4

Name: Andrés García et al.

Affiliation: University of Extremadura

Tentative Topic/Title: A brief version of the EFECO online questionnaire for the assessment of executive functions in childhood

Contributor #5

Name: Gerardo Herrera Gutierrez et al.

Affiliation: University of Valencia

Tentative Topic/Title: Enhancing Joint Attention Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through an Augmented Reality Technology-Mediated Intervention

Contributor #6

Name: Rosa M. Carro et al.

Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Tentative Topic/Title: Games for Training Myoelectric Prostheses through Multi-contact Devices

 Contributor #7

Name: Ali Arian et al.

Affiliation: University of Granada

Tentative Topic/Title: Magic Room: a new proposal for ADHD Children

 Contributor #8

Name: María José Rodríguez Fortiz  et al.

Affiliation: University of Granada

Tentative Topic/Title: Touchvic: a solution to early stimulation of children with blindness and low vision

Contributor #9

Name: Dulce Romero-Ayuso et al.

Affiliation: University of Granada

Tentative Topic/Title: Effectiveness of virtual reality to improve communication in children with ASD

 

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