The Challenge Module for evaluating advanced motor skills of children with cerebral palsy (CP)

Physical Skills Measurement


Summary

Children with CP often have difficulty with more advanced physical skills, like running and jumping. These skills help children to participate fully in physical activities at home and in school.

We are developing and refining the Challenge module so that physiotherapists can measure children’s abilities on advanced physical skills. This can help physiotherapists to match children’s abilities with physical activities they enjoy or would like to try, and set personal goal plans. 


Researcher(s)

Barbara Gibson, PhD, MSc, BMR(PT)Virginia Wright, PhD


Participate in this study

Children with CP often have difficulty with more advanced physical skills, like running and jumping. These skills help children to participate fully in physical activities at home and in school.

We are developing and refining the Challenge module so that physiotherapists can measure children’s abilities on advanced physical skills. This can help physiotherapists to match children’s abilities with physical activities they enjoy or would like to try, and set personal goal plans. 


Who can participate

Currently enrolling children and youth who are: ages 5 to 18 inclusive, have cerebral palsy, are able to walk (and run) without a walking device and who do not have another diagnosis


What's Involved

Each child will try 35 skills that are part of the new Challenge test. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Bouncing a ball while running
  • Walking backwards on a line
  • Running down a hallway
  • And a 6-minute distance walk test.

Each child will also complete a questionnaire about activities he/she does during the week.

Participants can choose to come in for 1 or 2 visits at Holland Bloorview. Participants will receive a $20 gift card for each visit as a token of our appreciation.

Optional: Parents and children may participate in an interview to help us learn about kids’ activity choices.


Deadline

Recruitment for the study will continue until December, 2015


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact the study coordinator, Bhavnita Mistry, at 416-425-6220 ext.3403 or bhavnita.mistry@utoronto.ca with your interest, and she will get back to you shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you to participate in the study. 


Funding Agency

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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