What is the research project about?
This project is for children and teenagers with moderate to severe cerebral palsy (CP) aged between 5 and 15 years who have difficulties with movement on both sides of their body (bilateral CP). We are trying to see if a new rehabilitation approach, called ACTIVE STRIDES-CP will improve children’s gross motor skills, and physical activity at home. The approach combines a package of walking training using treadmills, overground walking using assistive devices, cycling and practice of gross motor goals with a total of 32 hours of therapy provided over an eight-week period.
Unfortunately, most of the existing evidence for effective therapies are for children with cerebral palsy who can walk without assistive devices. As much less research has been conducted in children with cerebral palsy that rely on physical assistance and equipment, this research will focus on this much needed area. We are looking to see if Active Strides-CP can help children better achieve their gross motor goals, improve their mobility around home and adaptive cycling in their community.
Who is funding the research project?
This study is funded by a project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) APP2006867. As such, there is no cost to you.
Who is eligible to participate in this study?
To be eligible, children must:
Children who have the following characteristics are not eligible:
What is involved in the study?
Because we need to compare the new therapy to something else, we have 2 groups. One group gets the therapy right away (NOW), and one group gets put on a wait-list (WAIT). Families who are on the wait-list will still get to have the therapy at the end of 6 months of waiting. By having one group who receives ACTIVE STRIDES-CP and one group who continues with routine regular therapy, this will help us to understand whether ACTIVE STRIDES-CP leads to better outcomes than usual care.
The main things involved are:
Because it is for research, we ask you and your child to do more things than you would do if you were getting this therapy in a normal way. These extra things include:
If you are interested in finding out more about the study, please complete the following form and one of our research team will be in touch to discuss.
An NHMRC funded research program - provided Australia-wide.
Effect of Intensive rehabilitation for children with moderate to severe cerebral palsy on gross motor skills and physical activity participation
HREC Number HREC/17/QRCH/
A/Prof Leanne Sakzewski,
Prof Roslyn Boyd,
Prof Catherine Elliott,
Prof Iona Novak,
Dr Dayna Pool,
Prof Stewart Trost,
Prof Robert Ware,
A/Prof Tracy Comans,
Dr Rachel Toovey,
A/Prof Mark Peterson,
A/Prof Jane Valentine,
Dr Ellen Armstrong,
Ms Megan Kentish,
Dr Sarah Reedman,
Dr Sean Horan,
Dr Sian Williams,
Mr Ben O’Rourke,
Miss Tayla Taseff.