Back to School 2018  

Welcome to the Back to School edition of  CanChild Today! In this issue, we are excited to feature a new SHOP product, share some special news, and highlight recent publications by some of our  CanChild members

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SHOP feature: Back to School!

McMaster Handwriting Assessment Protocol (3rd Edition).

This protocol provides a structured framework for assessing the handwriting of school-aged children in kindergarten to Grade 6. It  was designed to identify specific areas in which a child is having difficulty with handwriting, and to help occupational therapists determine whether and where to intervene. 

The 3rd edition (NEW) of this protocol will be available SOON in the CanChild Shop
Moving F-Words into Practice!

New international developments are challenging traditional policy approaches to childhood disability. Canadian policy-makers should take note.

Andrea CrossSamadhi Mora Severino

As childhood disability research is advancing, it is important to reconsider traditional biomedical thinking and to create new approaches to be able to lead to positive change. With the help of Parents Partnering in Research, the authors of this article were able to bring the F-Words in Childhood Disability concept to practice. The application of this framework advances the thinking of health policy development and implementation, in the context of health equity and equality. 

Check out the article  HERE!
We need YOUR help!

We are asking people to make a short video clip (no more than 30 seconds) about how you personally use the F-Words. To help make the video meaningful and informative, we would love to receive videos from individuals with cerebral palsy, parents, service providers, etc.! Each short video clip will be compiled from submissions from people around the world to understand what the F-words mean on a global scale. This video will be showcased during CP-NET's 5th Annual Science and Family Day on October 19th, 2018.  We would like you to think about one or more of the following questions when creating your video clip:
  1. What do the F-Words mean to you?
  2. How do you hope to use the F-Words in the future?
  3. What is the message you want to share with others?
You can explore more about the F-Words on  CanChild's Knowledge Hub .
If you would like to participate in the video, please contact Alice Soper at for a consent form and link to video submission.
Special News!

New Services Contract for MPOC-20

CanChild ( Jan Willem Gorter, Peter Rosenbaum and staff) has secured a new services contract with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services for 2018-2019. 

The objective of the project is to implement the   This project supports the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) and Coordinated Service Planning (CSP) providers to assess, report on, and develop strategies to enhance the family-centredness of services within the OAP and CSP programs.
Recent Publications by CanChild Members!
The method on how practitioners provide experiences to youth and interact with youth is often not examined. By identifying the important elements of program design and delivery, including the type of intervention strategy used by providers, it allows for a better understanding of the nature of pediatric rehabilitation programs. The objective of this study was to examine intervention strategy use in residential immersive life skills (RILS) programs, to both better understand and articulate how the program worked. This study found that RILS programs could be characterized by their use of social mediated and non-intrusive strategies. These strategies  aligned with the types of sessions offered, providing evidence of program fidelity and indicating that RILS programs are complex in their formats, activities, and strategy use.  Authors:  King G, McPherson AC, Kingsnorth S, Gorter JW, DeFinney A. 
Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2018 August 1. doi:  10.1080/17518423.2018.1497722 

The objective of this review was to identify and document the ethical principals that exist within transitional care programs, to map out ethical issues encountered in such programs, and to study different strategies used to recognize and address these issues. This review used a methodological framework for scoping review, extracting data in studies to identify both tensions and strategies for ethical principles in transitional care that may emerge. This review concluded that further phases of this research would be able to use the evidence gathered in this review to develop ethics-informed tools. These tools would be tested for their usability and utility in a participatory action research project. Authors: Bogossian A, Gorter JW, Racine E. BMJ Open. 2018 August 17. doi:  10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020914

The objective of this article was to determine whether a collaborative intervention process facilitates parent-therapist interactions. Family-professional collaboration is characterized by two complementary components: relational practice (showing respect, empathy, active listening) and participatory practice (engaging the family in the intervention process and incorporating family needs and priorities into intervention). Such collaborative goal setting and intervention has shown to improve child development, performance of functional tasks, and goal achievements. It has also shown to be positively associated with improvements of parent emotional well-being, stress levels, satisfaction with healthcare services, feeling of competency, and engagement in intervention. This study used randomized experimental and control parent and therapist groups in weekly session formats to study the collaborative intervention process. Authors: M An, R Palisano, C Yi, LA Chiarello, CJ Dunst, EJ Gracely. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 2018 August 20. doi:  10.1080/01942638.2018.1496965
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