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SPARK - Publications

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The SPARK Lab conducts leading edge research focused on advanced motor skill measurement development and validation and on related innovative interventions that target enhancement of physical activity, functional mobility and related participation, overall physical literacy and quality of life of children and youth with neuromotor conditions. We have a particular interest in interventions that use motor learning approaches as their foundation.

Here are some of our published research results from the last 10 years. Students who have worked with our SPARK Lab or with Dr Virginia Wright in other university–affiliated collaborations and are authors on these publications are identified with a single asterisk* for SPARK Lab membership and double asterisk ** for other collaborations.

Click to see Dr. Wright's publications on PubMed.

Hot off the Press (2022)

O’Rourke RH*, Orr K*, Renwick R, Wright FV, Noronha J, Bobbie K, Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP.  Quality of Participation Experiences in Special Olympics Sports Programs. Adapt Phys Act Quart. 2022;39: 17-36.

Hot off the Press (2021)

Weissman S**, Perinpanayagam R, Wright FV, Arbour-Nicitopoulos. Application of the behaviour change technique taxonomy (BCTTv1) to an inclusive physical liateracy-based sport program for children and youth. Int J Sports Sci Coach. 2022:17: 18-36. 

Spivak MR*, Chan JR*, Cooper MS*, Petrucci C*, Sheridan AM*, Tang TY*, Wright FV, Ryan J*.  Reliability of the revised Motor Learning Strategies Rating Instrument and its role in describing physiotherapy session motor learning strategy content in pediatric acquired brain injury. Physiother Can. 2021;73(4):381-390.

Giancolo J*, McWilliam K*, Wright FV, Ryan J*. (2021) Exploring Motor Learning Strategies Use in Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. Early on line 2021 May 18: 1-16.

Nordbye-Neilson K**, Rahbek O, Wright FV, Maribo T. Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change of the Challenge, an Advanced Motor Skills Test for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Danish version. Disabil Rehabil. Early on line 2021 May 6

Dermott J**, Wright FV, Salbach N, Narayanan U. Development of the Gait Outcomes Assessment List for Lower Limb Differences (GOAL-LD) Questionnaire: A Child and Parent Reported Outcome Measure. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2021: May 5;19(1):139

Ho ES*, Parson JA, Davidge KM, Clarke HM, Wright FV. Shared Decision Making in Youth with Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries and their Families. Pat Ed Counsel. Early on line 2021 Mar 15.

Advanced Motor Skills Measurement Development and Validation

Sousa Jr RR**, Bensemann Gontijo AP, Santos TRT, Wright FV, Mancini MC. Measurement Properties and Translation to Brazilian-Portuguese of the Challenge for Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. Early on line 2020 Dec: 1-18.