Graduate Student Research
2nd year MHSc student
Constraint-induced movement therapy as rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy: A day camp model
UOIT has partnered with Grandview Children's Centre in Oshawa to use a well-known rehabilitative technique in children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy tend to have impairments in one of their arms, making daily functioning a challenge. In July 2012, children aged 5-8 with this diagnosis attended a two-week day camp in hopes of improving the function of their more affected arm following the camp's end. The children wore a splint on their less affected arm, to encourage them to use their more affected limb when participating in camp activities. Using both standardized motor assessments as well as questionnaires on daily function, we assessed the overall function of the affected limb before camp, after camp, and 3 months later. Ashley is very excited to be the principal investigator for this study, and looks forward to continuing to work with Grandview in our efforts to positively affect the lives of these children!
[UOIT REB File #: 11-093]
2nd year MHSc student
Investigating a Motor Skill Intervention for 4 Year Old Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Little is known about the variables that contribute to physical activity (PA) in children, particularly in children with disabilities. Proficiency in fundamental movement skills (FMS) is arguably one of the most important predictors of PA in children because it is modifiable. FMS are the basic movement skills that are essential to the future acquisition of the more complex skills required in games and recreational physical activities. FMS are positively related to PA, which manifests itself as active play in young children. Previous research has demonstrated that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience significant delays in their motor skills; thus, early intervention is of utmost importance to provide them with the tools necessary to engage in play. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of a motor skill intervention on the motor skills, physical activity, and social behaviour of 4 year old children with ASD.
[UOIT REB File #: 12-040]