February 2019

Welcome to the February edition of  CanChild Today! In this issue, we are excited to share the latest news and feature  recent 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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CanChild kicked off its 30th anniversary celebration with the F-Word "Fun" by playing board games. Throughout 2019, we plan on celebrating all the F-Words. Stay tuned for our next adventure!

CanChild in the News!

McMaster University featured  Dr. Jan Willem Gorter and his work in helping youth with disabilities transition from childhood to adulthood. He speaks to the importance of meeting the needs of children or youth and ensuring they are ready before entering the adult healthcare system. Dr. Gorter also shared the efforts of the  CanChild team to develop tools to help youth such as the TRANSITION-Q. 

Read the article here!



The TRANSITION-Q is a measure to understand transition readiness in healthcare self-management of adolescents with chronic health conditions. The tool tracks the development of skills that youth need to manage their healthcare in the adult health system. The scale includes items with varying difficulty, from skills they can accomplish alone to skills that may require instruction and training. TRANSITION-Q makes it possible for service providers to identify the strengths of youth and address the areas that need improvement.

To preview or purchase a license click  here!


Dr. Mary Law received the distinction  Officer of the Order of Canada on February 1, 2019. The award is one of the highest honours in the country for civilians who offer dedication to the community and exemplary contributions to the nation. Dr. Law is recognized "for her transformative work in the field of occupational therapy, which has set the standard for research and shaped clinical practice in Canada." She is a co-founder of CanChild and a Professor Emerita in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. 

Click the link to read more about the investiture ceremony or watch the archived webcast!

The ICF Handbook is here!

I CF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families  is a practical manual of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The book explains the many ways health care professionals and families can apply ICF elements with real-life scenarios. It helps families and service providers to formulate health and management goals for children. In addition, readers will find ICF applications in education, research and administration. The book includes case examples and an online version of the ICF Code Sets for Children and Youth. 

The book is available on print or online edition! Purchase a copy at the Mac Keith Press website!

Recent Publications by CanChild Members!
Parents play a significant role in children's development and their participation in therapy is critical. However, some factors may make it easier or more challenging for families to attend, participate and engage. These factors include family characteristics (e.g., parents age and the number of children in the family), the overall health condition of the family, and the complexity of services involved. Health care providers should inquire about these factors to assist the family on their journey to child health and happiness.  Authors:  Phoenix M, Jack S, Rosenbaum P, Missiuna C. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2019 January 23. doi  10.1080/09638288.2018.1555617

Mothers of children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD) are more likely to develop chronic health conditions, use healthcare services and receive prescription medicines compared to mothers of children without NDD. The study gathered data from 25,388 participants of the British Columbia Health Insurance Program from the year 2000 until 2007. Results showed that significant differences between the two groups happened before childbirth. However, there is no further divergence in the use of health services after seven years of giving birth.  Authors: Arim R, Miller A, Kohen D, Guèvremont A, Lach L, Brehaut J . Res Dev Disabil. 2019 January 23. doi:  10.1016/j.ridd.2018.12.007

The study explored the role of neurodevelopmental conditions (NDC) and mental health conditions (MHC) of youth enrolment in post-secondary education. Results suggest that only 60% of youth with NDC and 48% of youth with MHC enrol in colleges or universities during their early 20s. The percentage is lower in youth with both NDC and MHC, amounting to 36% enrolment rate. The data is from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth which began in 1994 until 2009. Findings also indicate that variations in sex, school performance, family income and education only explain one-third of these gaps. Authors: Arim R, Frenette M. Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series, Statistics Canada. 2019 February 19. issn: 1205-9153
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