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February 7, 2012
CanChild Today



We are pleased to distribute our CanChild Today newsletter, featuring recently published articles by CanChild investigators and their colleagues. In this edition, we also celebrate recent CanChild accomplishments. To find out more about CanChild, or to locate more great resources, please visit


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  • Doreen Bartlett was recognized as the Helen Saarinen Lecturer at the McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science. Her lectureship was titled 'Facilitating Lifelong Professional Development among Healthcare Practitioners: Personal Experiences and Reflections'. Click here to read more.
  • Congratulations to Peter Rosenbaum who received the 2011 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinical Investigator Award from the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC). Click to read more.
  • Dianne Russell was honoured as the recipient of the 2011 Folke Bernadotte Scholarship from Stockholm Sweden. As part of the award, Dianne presented the key note address at the CPUP conference. Read more....
  • Stephen Walter was the winner of the People's Epidemiology Library Essay Contest sponsored by the American College of Epidemiology and the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Click here to read more.
Recent CanChild Publications
....about participation

Social participation of adolescents with cerebral palsy: Trade-offs and choices

This qualitative study e-published in Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics explored the experiences and perceptions of adolescents with cerebral palsy in relation to social participation. Four themes emerged from this work. The themes of experience, barriers and supports, and tradeoffs support the current view of participation as a dynamic interaction between person and environment. The fourth theme, making choices, describes unique challenges faced by adolescents in deciding what is most important and meaningful to them now and in their future. Authors: DA Stewart, JJ Lawless, LJ Shimmell, RJ Palisano, M Freeman, PL Rosenbaum, DJ Russell. Abstract.


Predictors of change in participation rates following acquired brain injury: Results of a longitudinal study

The ABI Trajectories Study team recently e-published an article in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology investigating changes in participation rates among children and adolescents after acquired brain injury following a return to school. The effect of child and family factors on these changes was also explored. Authors: D Anaby, M Law, S Hanna, C DeMatteo. Abstract.

....about the health of caregivers

Indicators of distress in families of children with cerebral palsy
This paper, published in Disability & Rehabilitation, describes family distress as reported by parents of school-aged children with cerebral palsy and identifies factors associated with distress. The investigators from McGill University and CanChild found that these parents experienced high stress, increased time constraints and financial and psychological burden. The findings show the need to monitor family functioning as the child develops and direct appropriate resources to optimize child and family well-being. Authors: A Majnemer, M Shevell, M Law, C Poulin, P Rosenbaum. Abstract.


Understanding the health impact of caregiving: A qualitative study of immigrant parents and single parents of children with cancer

Anne Klassen and colleagues conducted this qualitative study to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of caregiving on the health of parents of children with cancer. Parents described health concerns and changes in social roles. Parents also described the positive impacts of caregiving, including gaining a greater appreciation for child and family and developing compassion, empathy, patience, inner strength, and new perspectives on life. Published in Quality of Life Research. Authors: AF Klassen, S Gulati, L Granek, ZR Rosenberg-Yunger, L Watt, L Sung, R Klaassen, D Dix, NT Shaw. Abstract.
....other topics
Knowledge translation: Who needs to know what research tells us?
In this recent editorial in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Peter Rosenbaum discusses the field of knowledge translation, and possible opportunities for researchers to share their results with families, children, front-line workers, and others. The publisher has generously offered free access to this editorial! Click here to read editorial.

Aquatic exercise programs for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy: What do we know and where do we go?
This review article written by JW Gorter and SJ Currie and published in International Journal of Pediatrics, explores the safety and effectiveness of aquatic exercise in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Suggestions are provided regarding areas of future research. Open access to article. 


Book Chapter: Neuromotor Disorders
Cheryl Missiuna, Nancy Pollock and their colleagues review neuromotor disorders including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and developmental coordination disorder, and describe their impact on the lives of children. This chapter includes information on assessment, intervention, evidence reviews and resources, and will be a valuable reference for clinicians and students. Citation: Missiuna, C., Polatajko, H., Pollock, N., Cameron, D. (2011). Neuromotor Disorders. In SJ Lane & AC Bundy (Ed.), Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach (pp.460 - 482). Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis Company.

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