Developmental Trajectories of Impairments, Associated Health Conditions, and Participation of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Funding Details
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Grant type: Operating Grant
  • Years: 2011/12 to 2016/17
  • Total Funding: $1,008,439
Principle Investigator(s)

No partner organizations found.

Project Summary

The aim of this study is to describe the changes in balance (a primary impairment), range of motion limitations, strength, and endurance (secondary impairments), number and impact of health conditions, and participation in self-care and recreation and leisure activities over a four-year period in young children with cerebral palsy (CP) aged 18 months to 8 years. We will recruit 120 children in each of the 5 levels of the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), with the goal of keeping 100 children in each level by the end of four years. Trained therapist assessors will measure the primary and secondary impairments annually. Through parental interview, we will track the development of self-care abilities and participation in leisure and recreation activities, as well as the change in health conditions. Using statistical techniques, we will present the data so that therapists can assist families to determine if other children with CP are developing as expected, better than expected, or more poorly than expected, depending on their GMFCS levels. Rehabilitation services can be altered to ensure optimal motor development, health, self-care abilities and participation in life activities.

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