October  2018!  

Welcome to the October edition of  CanChild Today! In this issue, we are excited to share some special news and highlight recent publications by some of our  CanChild members

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5th Annual CP-NET's Science & Family Day: THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone that made  #CPNET's 5th Annual Science & Family Day such a successful event! There was a wonderful panel of parents and researchers sharing their ideas, knowledge & experiences on cerebral palsy!  #WorldCPDay #Green4CP

CanChild in the News! 

Cerebral Palsy News Today  featured  Patrick McPhee's systematic review on the likelihood of children with cerebral palsy developing cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

Read the news article here!
Read the original journal article here!  

New SDR Video!

Motion Lab results guide critical decisions around care

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery can help some children with CP by reducing high muscle tone that causes stiffness in the legs (also known as spasticity). An in-depth assessment of gait (the way a person walks) is part of the SDR Program. 

Jan Willem Gorter explains the advantages of a gait assessment in the Motion Lab. Learn more on how the findings of the Motion Lab study at Hamilton Health Sciences helped Madeleine and her parents make the decision to move forward with this life-changing procedure.

Recent Publications by CanChild Members!
There are positive effects associated with inclusive education environments for children with disabilities, such as an increase in general health and well-being. However, with such environments, there are still limits with children's level of academic success and participation, especially when considering scarce resources and high needs. This scoping review examines current evidence about principles for organizing and delivering interdisciplinary school-based support services for students with disabilities and strategies for implementation of principles in school settings. Information from five databases and 56 relevant articles were used and extracted to find themes that could summarize findings. Results found 10 common principles to guide service organization and seven implementation strategies.  Authors: Anaby DR, Campbell WN, Missiuna C, Shaw SR, Bennett S, Khan S et al. Child Care Health Dev. 2018 September 4. doi:  10.1111/cch.12621

This study explores the participation of young children who use a large treatment centre in Ontario, Canada. The researchers used the Young Children's Participation and Environment Measure (YC-PEM), and asked 170 parents about their child's environmental support or barrier and participation at home, daycare/pre-school, or community settings. Results show that participation is highest at home, followed by daycare/preschool, then lowest in community settings. Children with communication disorders participate more than children with motor/cognitive abilities. The study supports that complex activities lessen children's involvement but not frequency in participation; modifying the environment and removing negative attitudes promotes participation.  Authors:   Williams U , Law M , Hanna S , Gorter JW . J Dev Phys Disabil. 2018 October 22.  doi: 10.1111/cch.12621
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