September 2016  

Welcome to the September edition of CanChild Today, where we are thrilled to share the products of a busy summer season! The PREP Intervention Protocol, now available in the CanChild Shop, presents an exciting new approach to occupational therapy. We also look forward to joining in on global celebrations of World Cerebral Palsy Day with The Six 'F-Words for CP poster, and celebrate the accomplishments and new publications of CanChild friends and colleagues around the world. 

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New Shop Item!

Pathways & Resources for Engagement & Participation

CanChild is proud to announce the release of the PREP Intervention Protocol, a new evidence-based ap proach to occupational therapy that focuses on enhancing participation through modifying the environment. 

PREP involves collaboration between the therapist and the client to develop and implement a plan that minimizes and/or removes barriers within the environment and builds on supports so that the client can participate in the activities of his/her choice.

The ultimate goal of PREP is to equip clients, their families and communities with the knowledge to figure out how to do the things they want to do.

Interested in learning more about PREP?

Registration is now open for the  PREP 101  webinar, presented by t he Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). 
Date: Tuesday March 21, 2017
Time:  12:00pm - 1:00 pm ET
Presenters : Dana Anaby, Mary Law, Laura Turner and Rachel Teplicky  

During this webinar, participants will be introduced to the core elements of the PREP approach and its effectiveness as well as explore specific intervention strategies for improving participation through case studies. Practical resources to support use of PREP in occupational therapy practice will be shared.

Upcoming Events!

CP-NET Science & Family Day
Register by September 30 (Tonight!)

Please join us in celebrating this day with the 3rd Annual CP-NET Science and Family Day!

October 5 | 9:30am - 4pm EST
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada

The day will include presentations on the latest CP-NET research, engaging panel session and inspiring plenary talks focusing on positive mental health and well-being for children and families. 

Please bring your hopes and dreams for the future of CP, as attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on research priorities and help us shape the next phase of CP-NET research. 

Light it up #Green4CP on #WorldCPDay!

On October 5, the world will join together in celebration of World Cerebral Palsy Day. 

Events are planned around the globe to help raise awareness, advocate for policy change and celebrate all the CP community can do! 

Please be sure to take lots of photos and use the hashtags #WorldCPDay and #Green4CP when sharing them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

New Resource!

"The Six 'F-Words' for CP" Poster
Produced in collaboration with World CP Day

CanChild is thrilled to announce the release of a new poster created in collaboration with World CP Day.

"The Six 'F-Words for CP" is based on the ground-breaking paper by Peter Rosenbaum and Jan Willem Gorter, and focuses on the six key areas of child development: 
  • Function
  • Family
  • Fitness
  • Friends
  • Fun
  • Future
Download the poster in time for World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 5, and please share with friends, family and colleagues!

This poster is also available in the following languages: Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Portuguese and Arabic. A Spanish version is coming soon!

Learn more about the 'F-Words'.

News & Announcements!

MacArt website officially launches!

MacArt is pleased to announce the official launch of their new website - a site designed to inform, educate, and raise awareness. This site will be the primary communication tool for MacART, and will play a key role in connecting to their broad and diverse group of stakeholders. 

MacArt 2016 Autism Research Stakeholder Symposium Report Now Available

Read the report on MacART's Inaugural Symposium, where on January 15, 2016 over 150 ASD stakeholders were brought together to plan collaborations to help advance autism care through meaningful research.

Recent Publications by CanChild Members
A family-centred approach to pediatric rehabilitation practice views families as experts about their children, and encourages service-providers to work collaboratively with them towards family-identified goals. Building on this concept, a family-centred approach to research promotes the meaningful involvement of families throughout the entire research process. In this paper, academic physical therapists and parents of youth with cerebral palsy describe and critically review the process of working together as a collaborative research team over close to a decade. Factors that favoured the transition from a purely consultative role for families to a more collaborative nature are explored, and further considerations in strengthening research partnerships are offered. It is hoped that this paper will contribute to this identified gap in knowledge and that further research will lead to more effective strategies for meaningful research engagement.

AuthorsBartlett D, Chiarello LA, Hjorngaard T, Sieck Taylor B.. Disabil Rehabil. 2016 Sep 27:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]

The relationship between how therapeutic components relate to outcomes in rehabilitative practice is often unclear. One such component is the "active ingredients" (i.e. what the therapist does) of the intervention. Child-focused services emphasize the remediation of physical impairments, while context-focused services emphasize the importance of making changes in the broader context such as environmental and personal factors. The objective of this study was to describe the therapeutic behaviors of physical and occupational therapists working with children with cerebral palsy (CP), and compare the behaviors of therapists in a standard therapy session with those of therapists trained to provide either a child- or context-focused service. The results may provide insight regarding the specific therapy focus during rehabilitation services and lay the groundwork for future inquiry into the active ingredients used in therapy practice. 

Authors: Kruijsen-Terpstra AJ, Ellens M, Ketelaar M, Verschuren O, Di Rezze B, Gorter JW, Visser-Meily AM, Jongmans MJ. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2016 Sep 3:1-13. [Epub ahead of print]

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