Feelings About Balance


Physical activity improves social life, quality of life, and health. There is evidence that youth with physical disabilities do not try as many different activities as youth who do not have disabilities. One reason might be that they may have lower confidence in their ability to keep their balance during certain activities or settings as a result of their disability.  Right now, we have no way to measure balance confidence in youth.  We think that therapists need to be able to measure balance confidence to know what to work on in their treatment to help youth become more active in physical activities.

As a result, we are making a questionnaire for youth ages 9 to 18 years to be able to tell us how confident they are about their balance. Later on, we will test our new questionnaire to make sure it measures balance confidence accurately, and look at how balance confidence is related to actual balance and participation in physical activities.


Sally Lindsay, PhD, Virginia Wright, PhD,Megan Towns, Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Avril Mansfield

Who can participate

We are looking for:

  • Children and teens 9 to 18 years old with a physical disability and who are able to walk on their own with or without use of an aid (such as a walker or cane)
  • Need to be able to communicate verbally in English (can use a communication device)

What's Involved

  • A 60-min interview
  • We will explore the regular physical activity experiences of children and teens, as well as their thoughts and feelings about their balance when participating in physical activities
  • Participants will receive a $20 gift card
  • Paid parking at Holland Bloorview during the research session



August 31, 2017

Interested in participating

Contacting us does not obligate you to participate in this study. Please contact Megan Towns at mtowns@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 ext. 3080

Funding Agency

Holland Bloorview Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation

Learn more about this study

Please do not share any confidential information. The research team will contact you by phone or email to provide more details about this study.