February, 2015
CanChild Today

We are delighted to distribute our CanChild e-newsletter featuring new resources on the CanChild website, an update from the Family Engagement day, as well as recently published articles that may be of interest to you!

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New Resources by CanChild!
CP-NET webinar series: Complementary and Alternative Therapies

On January 9th, CP-NET offered a webinar on Complementary and Alternative Therapies (also called CAMs). CAMs are approaches to 'therapy' that are outside of the mainstream 'orthodox' treatments for a variety of health conditions. This talk, presented by Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, offered ideas about how CAMs are often thought about by service providers, and suggested some questions that people can ask when considering CAMs for themselves, their families or their friends. Listen to the webinar by clicking on the CP-NET Webinar Series tab on the following page!
CanChild Family Engagement Day Update

Video Highlights and Attendee Evaluation


For those that were not able to attend our Family Engagement Day in-person or virtually, video highlights from the day are now available on our Family Engagement Day page under the "Video Stream" tab. Here you will find nearly every segment of the day, including Dr. Jan Willem Gorter's Opening and closing remarks, the Family & Youth Panel, Roundtable discussions, Dr. Peter Rosenbaum's Keynote, and more! While you're there, be sure to check out the other features on our Family Engagement Day page such as the posters, our photo contest and overviews of the roundtable discussions.


Following our Family Engagement Day, we also asked for feedback from our attendees and we were thrilled with the responses. See the infographic below for more details on the effectiveness and quality of our Family Engagement Day, and once again we thank everyone who took part and helped make the day a success. 

New Section on Knowledge Translation & Exchange!
CanChild is excited to announce the launch of our new section on Knowledge Translation & Exchange. It will provide relevant information on both the research and knowledge translation process while addressing how parents can get involved in research. This new section also contains relevant knowledge translation strategies and examples making it beneficial for both families and researchers. Visit our new section today!
Recent Publications by CanChild Members

Improving the participation of youth with physical disabilities in community activities: An interrupted time series design.

Youth with physical disabilities experience restrictions to participation in community-based leisure activities; however, there is little evidence about how to improve their involvement. This study, published in the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, is the first to examine an intervention aimed at increasing leisure participation by changing only the environment. Six adolescents with a physical disability participated in a 12-week intervention. Outcomes were evaluated using the COPM. The results indicate that environment-focused interventions are feasible and effective in promoting youth participation. Such findings can inform the design of a larger study and guide occupational therapy practice. Authors: Law MAnaby D, Imms C, Teplicky RTurner L. Aust Occup Ther J. 2015 Feb 9. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12177. [Epub ahead of print]


The "5Rs of Reorganization": A Case Report on Service Delivery Reorganization within a Pediatric Rehabilitation Organization. 
Pediatric rehabilitation centres often have to reorganize their services, however there is minimal literature available to support this process. The "5Rs of Reorganization" are presented in this paper as a novel process for service delivery reorganization planning. Grounded within project management literature, the 5Rs include: 1. Recognize the need for change, 2. Reallocate resources for project management, 3. Review the reality of clients, service delivery, and the community, 4. Reconstruct reality, and 5. Report results. This case report describes how the 5Rs were developed and implemented to create a customized service delivery reorganization plan within a pediatric rehabilitation centre. Authors: Phoenix M, Rosenbaum P, Watson D, Camden C. Phys Occup Ther Peds. 2015 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print].


Inequities In Health Care Needs For Children With Medical Complexity

Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) are susceptible to inequities in health and health care access.  This paper compares such inequities for CSHCN with medical complexity to those CSHCN without medical complexity using data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs in the United States. The results indicate that children with medical complexity are twice as likely to have one unmet need as those without medical complexity. This unmet need was not associated with primary language, income level or type of insurance. Medical complexity itself may be a primary determinant of unmet need. Authors: Kuo DZ, Guodie ACohen E, Houtrow A, Agrawal R, Carle AC, Wells N. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Dec;33(12):2190-8.



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