Peer victimization and depression in children with and without motor coordination difficulties
This study examined the mental health implications of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) by investigating the risk of peer victimization and depression in fifth-grade children with and without poor motor coordination and explored the degree to which poor motor coordination and peer victimization predicted depression. The authors suggest that an enhanced understanding of how poor motor coordination impacts children socially and psychologically is necessary so resource personnel can provide appropriate support. E-published ahead of print in Psychology in the Schools. Click here for resources on the CanChild website. Authors: W Campbell, C Missiuna, T Vaillancourt. Abstract.
What attributes determine severity of function in autism? A web-based survey of stakeholders
This article, published in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, describes a web-based survey of international stakeholders with expertise in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They were asked to consider function and constructs needed to classify functional subgroups of preschool children with ASD. Ninety-five percent reported that function was one way for subclassification. Two domains judged most important were communication (55%) and social function (22%). Respondents indicated that these areas were difficult to disentangle. Click here to read about the Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication study. Authors: B Di Rezze, P Rosenbaum, L Zwaigenbaum. Abstract.
Perceptions of vulnerability and variations in childrearing practices of parents of infants born preterm
The purpose of this study published in Pediatric Physical Therapy was to determine differences in parents' perceptions of child vulnerability and their childrearing practices that affect motor development in Canadian, Norwegian, and Dutch sites, as well as to determine the relationship between parents' beliefs about their infants born preterm and their own childrearing practices. Study results and implications for clinicians are highlighted. (Note: The Daily Activities of Infants Scale (DAIS) was used in this study, and can be found here.) Authors: DJ Bartlett, MW Nijhuis-van der Sanden, B Fallang, JK Fanning, S Doralp. Abstract.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD): A pilot diffusion tensor imaging study
Researchers from UBC and CanChild explored the integrity of motor, sensory, and cerebellar pathways in children with and without DCD using diffusion tensor imaging. The results of this pilot study indicate that the mean diffusivity of motor and sensory pathways is lower in children with DCD, compared to control subjects. Replication in a larger study is needed to confirm these findings. Published in Pediatric Neurology. Authors: JG Zwicker, C Missiuna, SR Harris, LA Boyd. Abstract.
Defining the active ingredients of interactive computer play interventions for children with neuromotor impairments: A scoping review
The purpose of this scoping review published in Research in Developmental Disabilities was to identify the 'active ingredients' of Interactive Computer Play (ICP) interventions that are designed to improve motor outcomes in children with neuromotor impairments. Identification of active ingredients of ICP (or the reasons why it is expected to be effective), can inform trial design and clinical decision-making. Authors: D Levac, L Rivard, C Missiuna. Abstract.