November 2019    

Welcome to the November edition of  CanChild Today! In this issue, we are excited to feature resources, share an event, 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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Vote for our Video!

We need your help! CanChild/CP-NET have created a video that is competing in the CIHR IHDCYH Talks 2019 video competition. Our video profiles how children and young adults - who can't speak - play, learn, work, and connect with everyone around them with the help of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). The video also presents research being conducted at CanChild to explore spoken language comprehension in children who are non-verbal and who have severe motor impairment (C-BiLLT study)

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Congratulations to Dr. Wenonah Campbell , who was appointed to the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University. This Chair, supported by the Jack and Ina Pollock Charitable Foundation, will help support new discoveries about effective services and interventions for children and youth with disabilities as well as the timely dissemination and use of research information in practice and policy.
Dr. Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and Scientist at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. Her research focuses on educator-health professional collaboration as well as on how universal design for learning and inclusive models of service delivery can support the participation and inclusion of all children and youth in school. She is the third recipient of this Chair.
Call for Abstracts: CountMeIn2020!

Join us for the 5th CountMeIn! 2020 meeting to advance children's participation in everyday activities.

CountMeIn! is an international, inclusive, grass roots movement to bring together families and front line practitioners and researchers across sectors.   The 2020 event  will take place on the 25th and 26th of June in Sheffield, UK. It will be a highly interactive meeting and a place for practice, research, and lived experience to mix seamlessly in order to create new insights and innovation.

The specific focus of the 2020 event is Actions to enable everyday participation!

We invite contributions to the program from all practitioner, science and patient and public stakeholders.
Abstract proposals deadline 15th December 2019 at 23.59 GMT - to submit   click here

More information, and link to bookings, can be found  here

F-Words in Practice!

It's #Fall! Although this F-word isn't a part of the big 6, it gave us a great excuse to get out into the community. Some members of our CanChild Team headed over to Myers Apple Farm in Hamilton, Ontario this month for our 5th themed team activity: apple picking! This activity helped us practice our F-Words including #Friends, #Family, #Function, #Fitness & #Fun! 
Learn more about F-Words  here.

Recent Publications by CanChild Members!
The objective of this systematic review is to understand the term 'functional' in studies focused on interventions, or care planning for children with cerebral palsy (CP). In addition, this study seeks to determine whether definitions and elements of the term "functional" in the literature are similar to functional therapy described in the Dutch guidelines. The study found that of the included studies, most did not generally meet the criteria of functional therapy. The authors discussed the importance on reaching consensus on the definition and elements of functional therapy.  Authors: Geijen M,  Ketelaar M, Sakzewski L,  Palisano R, Rameckers E. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr . 2019 Sep 26. doi.  10.1080/01942638.2019.1664703

The objective of this article was to examine and understand the impact of engagement in a self-chosen community-based activity on three relevant body functions: motor, cognitive and affective, as well as the impact of engagement on the performance of the selected activity. Seven young individuals with physical disabilities participated in this study, partaking in an 8-week community activity of choice, such as swimming or playing piano. Change in motor, cognitive, and affective function was studied during this time using the individual's selected activity. This study found that every individual experienced significant improvements in at least one aspect of either motor function, cognition, affect, and/or performance.  Authors:  Anaby D, Avery L,  Gorter JW, Levin MF,  Teplicky R, Turner L, Cormier I,  Hanes J. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2019 Sep 26. doi.  10.1111/dmcn.14382

By accurately measuring physical behaviour, we will be able to better understand lifestyle, health, and functioning, especially in adults with physical disabilities. This study aimed to evaluate both the criterion validity of an activity monitor (AM, Activ8) in detecting body postures and movements in adults with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and the extent to which that monitor's positioning affects validity. 14 adults with CP participated in this study, performing standardized activities while wearing three Activ8 monitors. Their performance was video-recorded and later analyzed using a criterion validity measure. This study found that the Activ8 offers potential as an objective measure of physical activity, and that appropriate positioning is very important for valid measurement.  Authors: Claridge EA, van den Berg-Emons RJG, Horemans HLD et al. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2019 October 29. doi.  10.1186/s12984-019-0594-9

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