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December 18, 2012
CanChild Today

Welcome to our final CanChild Today newsletter for 2012! We are excited to announce the new Youth KIT which is available on the CanChild website (, as well as recently published articles by CanChild scientists, international collaborators, and post doctoral fellows. Check our 'What's New' page for new postings and announcements. Feel free to share CanChild resources and this newsletter with family, friends and colleagues. They can subscribe to CanChild Today for free by registering here


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Accomplishments, awards and honours
Members of the CanChild team have recently received awards and appointments, including: Cheryl Missiuna  (John Whittaker Memorial Award), Virginia Wright (Bloorview Children's Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Rehabilitation), and Jan Willem Gorter (Scotiabank Chair in Childhood Disability Research). As well, Laura Kogon and Beverley Wasmund, graduating occupational therapists at McMaster, were recipients of the CanChild Research Award. Congratulations to all of you!
Youth KIT now available on website!
Building on the popularity of the KIT: Keeping it Togetheran organizational tool for parents caring for children with disabilities, the Youth KIT is now available for youth with disabilities. The Youth KIT will help youth give, get, and organize their own information, in a way that promotes self-management as they begin the transition from adolescence into adulthood. This Youth KIT is now available on the CanChild website, thanks to generous funding from Hamilton District Society for Disabled Children, Pollock Foundation, and Easter Seals Ontario. Youth KIT worksheets and training videos are also included. Click here to access the Youth KIT and here to listen to Matt Freeman describe the Youth KIT.
Upgrades to CanChild website accessibility!
With generous funding from the Hamilton District Society for Disabled Children, the CanChild website has been enhanced to ensure that all resources are fully accessible to children, youth and adults with disabilities. Accessibility features now include the ability to use a keyboard to navigate throughout the website, as well as allowing users to customize their own experience (e.g use text-speech or voice recognition software, change font size of web pages). These updates were implemented with the consultation of consumers with disability, and we continue to engage them for future improvements. All changes to the CanChild website comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards of equal access.
Recent Publications by CanChild Scientists, International Collaborators, & Post Doctoral Fellows
Community participation, supports and barriers of school age children with and without disabilities
Published in the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by the Participation and Environment Project team, this article describes patterns of community participation and environmental factors in school-age children. Five hundred and seventy-six parents of children with and without disabilities in the USA and Canada completed the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY) through an online survey. The largest group differences in community participation were in 'unstructured physical activities' and 'getting together with other children'. The results may guide efforts to support participation of school-age children with disabilities. Authors: G Bedell, W Coster, M Law, K Liljenquist, YC Kao, R Teplicky, D Anaby, MA Khetani. Abstract.

Diagnostic shortfalls in early childhood chronic stress: A review of the issues
Early childhood chronic stress is associated with long-lasting cognitive and behavioural difficulties with an increasingly well-recognized neurodevelopmental basis. The authors of this article e-published in Child: Care, Health & Development explored the clinical associations of neglect as a classical early childhood chronic stressor. Diagnostic labels that children with histories of early childhood neglect commonly acquire are also described, as are implications for treatment. Authors: B Klein, JW Gorter, P Rosenbaum. Abstract.

Patterns and costs of health care use of children with medical complexity
This study, published in Pediatrics, evaluated health care utilization and costs in a population-based sample of children with medical complexity. Using hospital discharge data, 15,771 children in Ontario are children with medical complexity. Although a small proportion of the population, children with medical complexity account for a substantial proportion of health care costs. These children make multiple transitions across providers and care settings, and have higher home care use. This information may assist initiatives to improve health outcomes and decrease costs of care. Authors: E Cohen, JG Berry, X Camacho, G Anderson, W Wodchis, A Guttmann. Abstract. View press release!

Development, implementation, and evaluation of the Apollo Model of Pediatric Rehabilitation Service Delivery
This article, published in Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, presents the experience of a rehabilitation program that reorganized its services to address accessibility issues and improve the quality of services provided to children with disabilities, their families, and their communities. The authors describe the context in which the reorganization process occurred, the relevant literature justifying the need for a new service delivery model, as well as the planning, implementation, and evaluation phases of the process. The components of the new service delivery model, Apollo, are then detailed. Authors: C Camden, B Swaine, S Tétreault, S Bergeron, C Lambert. Abstract.

Perspective: Entering uncharted waters: Navigating the transition from trainee to career for the nonphysician clinician-scientist
The role of nonphysician clinician-scientist is described in this article, published in Academic Medicine. These individuals are typically health professionals such as OTs, PTs, nutritionists and social workers with doctoral training, who have either a formal or informal joint appointment between a clinical institution and an academic or research institution. The often poorly defined boundaries and expectations of these developing roles can pose challenges for the trainee-to-career transition. This article offers tips regarding securing the first position, the importance of mentorship, the value of effective time management, (particularly managing clinical and academic time commitments), and achieving work-life balance. Authors: SE Macdonald, HM Sharpe, K Shikako-Thomas, B Larsen, L Mackay. Abstract.
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