The Challenge was developed at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital with assistance of graduate students from the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto and with funding from Bloorview Research Institute and the Pediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Our CIHR-funded research (2012 to 2016) (Drs Virginia Wright and Barbara Gibson, CoPIs) successfully linked the Challenge to the GMFM-66 via a Rasch-scaled scoring system, and resulted in a 20-item revised measure. The qualitative arm of this work provided in-depth information on the physical activity experiences and preferences of children in GMFCS Level I and allow us to produce Child Engagement guidelines PTs to use as a part of the Challenge administration.
We were pleased to be working in this research with the following participating Canadian centres: IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia; ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, Mississauga, Ontario; McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario; Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta; and Sunnyhill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC
Our Co-investigators are: Dr Darcy Fehlings, Dr Peter Rosenbaum, Dr Ellen Wood, Dr John Andersen, Dr. Cheryl Glazebrook, Dr Ronit Mesterman, Dr Marie Kim, and Ms Lori Roxborough.