Journal article

Children with cerebral palsy participate: A review of the literature

Christine Imms

Disability and Rehabilitation | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008


PURPOSE: To review research that examined the participation in activities of children who have cerebral palsy, in order to understand their extent of participation and the factors that influenced participation. METHODS: A comprehensive search of seven databases retrieved 2,111 papers, 40 of which met criteria and were relevant for critique. As this paper intended to examine participation broadly, an ecological framework was used to organise the relevant papers into those studies that considered personal, environmental and occupational factors related to participation. RESULTS: Children with cerebral palsy participated in a diverse array of activities across a range of occupational contexts. ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author gratefully acknowledges the support of her doctoral supervisors, Professor Sheena Reilly and Professor John Carlin, as well as Professor Mary Law in the preparation of this manuscript. The author's doctoral studies have been supported by La Trobe University (2005-2006) and Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (2007-2008) scholarships.