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February 5, 2013
CanChild Today

Included in this issue of CanChild Today are announcements about exciting new grants and a new CanChild director! In addition, recent publications by CanChild scientists, research associates, international collaborators, and post doctoral fellows are listed.

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Dr. Jan Willem Gorter appointed new Director of CanChild!
CanChild is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jan Willem Gorter as the new director for CanChild commencing March 1, 2013. Dr. Gorter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and associate member of the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. He is also an investigator at CanChild; a clinician at McMaster Children's Hospital; and holds the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research (2013-2017). Dr. Gorter takes over the directorship from Dr. Cheryl Missiuna who will continue her role as a research scientist with CanChild. Read more!
Exciting New Research Grants!
Congratulations to John Cairney, Brian Timmons, Cheryl Missiuna (co-principal investigators) and co-investigators T. Wade, G. Wahi., D. Price, M. Howard, M. Kwan, L. Rivard, S. Veldhuizen, & L. Gillis on their success in a recent Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) competition! Their grant titled Impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) on the physical health of young children: A five-year study of motor coordination, physical activity, physical fitness and obesity will follow preschool children with DCD, monitoring their participation and fitness over time and comparing these trajectories with a randomly selected sample of typically developing children.

Roger Zemek (Principal Investigator, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and co-investigators, Carol DeMatteo (CanChild, McMaster University), Bev Solomon (Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab), Michelle Keightley (Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab,University of Toronto), and Martin Osmond (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa) were awarded funding through the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation for their study titled Guidelines for the Management of Pediatric Concussion/ Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms. This grant will enhance the current guidelines posted on the CanChild website to include guidelines for diagnosis, early management, and persistent symptom management. Click here for more information.
Recent Publications by CanChild Scientists, Research Associates, International Collaborators, & Post Doctoral Fellows

The effect of the environment on participation of children and youth with disabilities: A scoping review 

The research evidence concerning the effect of the environment on community participation of children with disabilities was reviewed and published in Disability & Rehabilitation. All environmental domains within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health influenced participation: Natural Environment/Products and Technology; Support and Relationships; Attitudes; and Services, Systems and Policies. The most common facilitators involved social support and geographic location. The most common barriers included attitudes, physical environment, transportation, policies and lack of support. This knowledge can assist in addressing specific environmental domains that influence children's participation. Authors: D Anaby, C Hand, L Bradley, B Di Rezze , M Forhan, A Digiacomo, M Law. Full access until Feb.15th! 


Patterns of participation in school-related activities and settings in children with spina bifida 

Investigators evaluated participation of children with spina bifida (SB) in school-related activities and explored if their skills in task performance were related to their level of active participation in school. Children with SB ages 6-14 years, and their teachers, rated their frequency and level of participation in school-related activities using the Availability and Participation Scale (adapted) and the School Function Assessment. Results: The children participated very frequently in school activities, but their level of active participation was restricted, particularly in the recess/playground setting. Children with SB need support to become more actively involved, particularly in unstructured peer activities. Published in Disability & Rehabilitation. Authors: M Peny-Dahlstrand, L Krumlinde-Sundholm, G Gosman-Hedstom. Abstract.


Age-related variables in childhood epilepsy: How do they relate to each other and to quality of life?
Investigators explored how certain variables relate to children's experience of epilepsy and adjustment. A large sample of youth self-reported their epilepsy-specific quality of life. Key finding: when children are young (especially in the preschool years) age of onset, duration, and proportion of life with epilepsy are interchangeable determinants of the outcome. However, when these young people are adolescents these aspects of life with epilepsy have different impacts on how young people experience epilepsy. Published in Epilepsy & Behaviour. Authors: L Manor, DL Streiner, WK Yam, PL Rosenbaum, LH Verhey, L Lach, GM Ronen. Abstract.   


Knowledge translation in physical therapy: From theory to practice 

This article, published in Disability & Rehabilitation, provides physical therapists (PT) with five recommendations that can support the effective implementation of new knowledge and scientific evidence in clinical practice. These recommendations are grounded in the Ottawa Model of Research Use and are derived from a literature review of the major barriers and facilitators of knowledge translation in the health professions and specifically in PT practice. Authors: D Zidarov, A Thomas, L Poissant. Read more in this abstract.

Building theories of knowledge translation interventions: Use the entire menu of constructs 

The authors of this paper propose that theory-building activities be combined with individual constructs from relevant theories to inform the development of Knowledge Translation (KT) interventions. They refer to this as the 'menu of constructs' approach, and suggest that researchers looking to explain an area of KT should consider the entire menu, not just constructs associated with a particular theory. This proposed approach may facilitate development of more effective KT interventions. The KT intervention strategy 'audit and feedback' is used as an example in this paper published in Implementation Science. Authors: JC Brehaut, KW Eva. Full access!  

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