August 2019  

Welcome to the Back to School edition of  CanChild Today! In this issue, we are excited to share event updates, feature resources, and  highlight publications by some of our  CanChild  members !
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of CanChild -  use the hashtag  #CanChild30  on social media and celebrate with us!

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Celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day with us at the 6th Annual CP-NET Science & Family Day! The event will b e on  October 5th 2019 , from  10:00am  to  3:30pm , at  Abilities Centre, Whitby, Ontario .

CP-NET is excited to invite families, caregivers, clients, healthcare professionals, and researchers to join us on a day of learning about Cerebral Palsy (CP) research, innovation and community resources.

The day will include presentations, panel discussions and plenary sessions about the latest CP discoveries. All are welcome to attend! The topics will be presented in plain language with a family audience in mind. Check out our past event  here!

Network, have fun, and celebrate all that we can do together to improve the lives of children and youth living with CP and their families!


CanChild's Back to School Resources!
Concussion: Return to School and Return to Activity 
Guidelines Brochure

The Return to School and Return to Activity brochures guide children, parents, physicians, and community service providers in managing concussion. The resources include facts about concussion and a clear stage-by-stage plan for children and youth who experience post-concussion symptoms.

Click the links to download the Return to School and Return to Activity  brochures for FREE!

Partnering for Change: Occupational Therapy Modules

The P4C: OT Modules are designed to assist occupational therapists (OT) who offer rehabilitation services in schools. The seven modules show how OTs can switch from a disability-focused model of rehabilitation service to the P4C Model, which focuses on the partnership among therapists, parents and educators to create an environment that improves participation, builds capacity, and develops self-management of children.

Read more about the P4C: OT Modules here!

New version of the GMFM App+!
The GMFM App+ is now available for macOS on Apple computers! The new Single-User version can be installed on one device with one user account.

The GMFM App+ is a clinical tool designed and validated to evaluate the change in gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy. Features include:
  • Ability to enter item scores for the GMFM-88, GMFM-66, GMFM Item Sets, and GMFM Basal and Ceiling
  • GMFM-88 dimension and total scores
  • GMFM-66 scores calculated using the GMAE-3, the most current version of the scoring algorithm
  • Data displays including spider charts, item scores and Motor Growth Curves
  • Access to the online tutorial
Visit the CanChild shop to learn more!

Recent Publications by CanChild Members!
Caregivers mostly focus on relationships and environment when facilitating child participation at home after a critical illness. Data from 180 participants suggest that strategies of caregivers include fostering supportive relationships (60%), modifying the child's environment (12%), assessing services (3%) and addressing the attitude of others at home (1%). In addition, providing clinically relevant knowledge and educating the caregivers are essential to ensure that they are equipped to support children after discharge from a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  AuthorsJarvis JMGurga ARLim HCameron JGorter JWChoong KKhetani MArch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 July 3. doi:  10.1016/j.apmr.2019.05.034

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is the health framework of the World Health Organization. The aim of this review is to determine how healthcare professionals use the ICF framework in setting goals when providing rehabilitation services for children. Results suggest that service providers (1) match goals to ICF domains, (2) implement ICF with existing tools for goal-setting, and (3) develop new tools for goal-setting based on the ICF. In general, the ICF Framework facilitates collaborative goal-setting between families and service providers.  Authors: Nguyen L, Cross A, Rosenbaum P, Gorter JW.  Disability and Rehabilitation . 2019 July 25. doi:  10.1080/09638288.2019.1643419

This study published in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry explored the predictors of expressive language development in two cohorts of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and delayed language development. The results demonstrate an association between deficit in fine motor skills and long-term language impairment specifically in children with ASD and delayed language.  AuthorsBal VH Fok M Lord C Smith I Mirenda P Szatmari P Vaillancourt T Volden J Waddell C Zwaigenbaum L Bennett T Duku E Elsabbagh M Georgiades S Ungar W Zaidman-Zait A J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2019 Aug 19. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13117

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