We are doing a research study at Holland Bloorview to learn how activity of the brain changes after two different programs of walking based training. We will also study change in movement and participation to see if these changes are linked to brain change.


Darcy Fehlings, MDVirginia Wright, PhD,Margot Taylor (SickKids), Joyce Chen (Sunnybrook)

Participate in this study

Participate in a research study looking at changes in brain activity and walking-based outcomes after lower limb training programs!

Who can participate

Children aged 7-17 years with Cerebral Palsy that affects just one side of their body, or mostly their legs, and who can walk and run on their own without a walking aid are invited to participate, along with their parent(s)/caregiver(s).

What's Involved

Children will participate in either a sports-skill program, or a lower limb strength training program. Each program involves 16 sessions over 6 weeks (twice to three times weekly). Programs will be tailored to the goals of each participant.

Children will also have two brain scans, one done before and one done after their training. The brain scans will be done at SickKids or Baycrest Hospital using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that will take one hour.

Before, immediately after, and 4-months following the intervention, children will complete assessments to look at how they move. We will also ask questions about how the study is affecting their lives.


Recruitment is on-going until 22 participants are recruited.

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Alicia Hilderley at or at (416) 425-6220 ext 3321 with your interest, and we will get back to you shortly.  Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

Funding Agency

Holland Bloorview Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Pedal-with-Pete Research Grant, and the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI). OBI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded by the Government of Ontario for brain research, translation, and innovation.

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