Journal article

Construct validity and responsiveness of the functional Tactile Object Recognition Test for children with cerebral palsy

Susan Taylor, Sonya Girdler, Richard Parsons, Belinda McLean, Torbjorn Falkmer, Leeanne Carey, Eve Blair, Catherine Elliott



BACKGROUND/AIM: The functional Tactile Object Recognition Test (fTORT) is a measure of haptic object recognition capacity recently adapted for use with children with neurological impairment. The current study aimed to investigate preliminary evidence of construct validity and responsiveness of the fTORT and its association with a measure of upper limb activity. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 28 children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) (mean age 10 years 8 months; SD two years four months; 16 male) and 39 typically developing (TD) children (mean age 11 years; SD two years nine months; 19 male) was utilised to investigate construct validity and association between measures. Si..

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Awarded by James S. McDonnell Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all the participants and their families who gave up their time so generously. We would also like to thank Curtin University and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for their ongoing logistical support and provision of resources throughout this study. This research was completed with financial support from an Australian Postgraduate Award, Curtin Research Scholarship and Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation PhD Top-Up Scholarship. Support from NHMRC project grant (# 1022694 to LMC) and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Award (# 220020413 to LMC) are acknowledged.