March 2019  

Welcome to the March 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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Our past issues are archived on the  CanChild website and can be accessed  here .

In celebrating CanChild's 30th anniversary and our F-words adventures, the CanChild team went curling ( Fitness)! We look forward to planning more F-words activities throughout 2019 (Function, Friends, Family and Future)!

Upcoming Webinar!

Covert (and Overt) Attitudes Toward Disability

Presented by Lucy Lach and Donna Thomson on April 25th at 12:00 pm EST

'Attitudes' toward children, youth and adults with disabilities impact the way healthcare practitioners and the public interact with them and make decisions that affect their lives. These 'attitudes' reflect 'worthiness,' guide clinical decision-making, and help with the allocation of limited resources. Shifting attitudes require champions that challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about worthiness of their lives. 

CanChild in the News!

News organizations ( CBCCTVEurek Alert and  McMaster University) featured the new concussion guidelines of CanChild!

"Like the snake and ladders game, a child can quickly improve and climb up the stairs or slide back because of returning symptoms", says Dr. Carol DeMatteo. The updated protocol allows children to become active after few hours of sustaining concussion. 

Download a free copy of the  brochure  here!
Research Coordinator Sarah Randall assesses a child before her return to school and activity. Photo courtesy of Ron Scheffler/McMaster University

CanChild Fun Facts!

CanChild launched its first website in 1997 (a year earlier than! In 2014, we had 12,500 monthly visitors from 179 countries around the world. The number increased this year, with an average of 32,000 viewers per month!

Take a peek at our website from  2003 and 2006!

Final call for Metaphors and Analogies!

Healthcare providers, are you are willing to share your favourite metaphors or analogies on how to explain children's health conditions to parents, family members or the public?

We are hoping to compile a plain language resource and share it on the CanChild website. All participants who agree to receive attribution will be in the acknowledgements section of the resource page. Read this  editorial to find out more about our idea!

Click  here to participate!

Recent Publications by CanChild Members!
This study introduces a theory of attendance, participation and engagement that includes six inter-related components: parent's feelings, skills, knowledge, logistics, values and beliefs, and parent's relationship with the healthcare professional. Researchers analyzed data from 20 parents and four clinician interviews, centre-based discharge policies, and health records of the children (ages 0-6). The results illustrate a child, parent, service provider and organizational factors that can promote or limit parents' attendance, participation and engagement in developmental rehabilitation services. AuthorsPhoenix MJack SMRosenbaum PMissiuna CDisabil Rehabil. 2019 January 23. doi:  10.1080/09638288.2018.1555618

The purpose of this study was to identify employment accommodations for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Twenty five peer-reviewed articles from January 1987 to March 2018 met the inclusion criteria for the scoping review. The results suggest that having less noise and distractions in the workplace, predictable job-related duties, and available technology are helpful for employees with ASD. The support of employers and co-workers is also important for a positive work environment.  Authors:  Khalifa GSharif ZSultan MDi Rezze B. Disabil Rehabil. 2019 February 3. doi:  10.1080/09638288.2018.1527952

The Family Empowerment Scale (FES) measures the emotional strength, self-efficacy, and well-being of parents who have children with disabilities. This study assesses the content validity of the Dutch translation of the tool through the collection of qualitative and quantitative data. The findings indicate that the Dutch version is sufficient but some items needed modification.  Authors: Segers EWvan den Hoogen Avan Eerden ICHafsteinsd√≥ttir TKetelaar M.  Child Care Health Dev. 2019 January. doi: 10.1111/cch.12629

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