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Aquatic Leisure satisfaction and engagement in Neuropalliative Disability Management

This article describes a single-case design study and uses an occupational science focus to explore the effects of ‘Aquability’ as perceived by participants with neuropalliative conditions. Data collection tools include the Individual Child Engagement Record and the adapted Leisure Satisfaction Scale – short form by 14 participants (who had Barthel scores averaging 7/100). The time-sampled observations of engagement showed a significant difference between the scores for the control condition and the ‘Aquability’ sessions. The participants reported being in control, learning about themselves or others and feeling healthier after a session. They reported experiencing a sense of achievement and novelty, which was interesting and enjoyable. ‘Aquability’ appears to be a satisfying use of free time for participants with neuropalliative conditions.