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Researchers and families are partnering together to spread awareness and increase the uptake of the F-words around the world. Here are a list of presentations, posters, news articles, and blogs that have featured the F-words ideas.


F-Words Presentations

Since 2011, we have given over 70 presentations on the F-words around the world. Many of the presentations have been invited speaker talks/workshops. Many of the presentations have also been co-presented with youth, parents, and clinicians (identified with a red tag). Please take a moment to explore how the F-words have taken flight around the world through this interactive map. By clicking on the tags you will find information on each presentation including: the presenter(s), type of presentation, title of presentation, date, and location. If you are interested in learning more about the F-words presentations/workshops, please contact Andrea Cross at crossac@mcmaster.ca .

CanChild F-words Videos 

F-words in Childhood Disability Awareness Video 

A three-minute awareness video co-created by families and researchers to spread awareness on the F-words in Childhood Disability.

(Time: 3-minutes)

An introduction to the six F-words in Childhood Disability 

Dr. Rosenbaum introduces the six F-words in Childhood Disability - Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, Future. 

(Time: 2 minutes)

Dr. Rosenbaum's Presentation on the F-Words in Childhood Disability 

This is a video of Dr. Rosenbaum's first presentation on the F-words as a Keynote Address at the16th Conference & Annual Meeting of the North of England Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Survey in Durham,UK in 2011. 

(Time: 1 hour)

Parental perspectives on the F-words 

Diane Kay (a parent researcher on the F-words in Childhood Disability Research Team) presents a parental perspective on the F-words at CanChild Research Issue (April 2013). 

(Time: 20 minutes)


Webinar - The F-words in Childhood Disability: A Call for ACTION

Hosted by the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC), the webinar was presented by CanChild's Peter Rosenbaum, Jan Willem Gorter, and Andrea Cross, alongside Maria Susini, a Physiotherapist at Grandview Children's Centre and Julie Brocklehurst, a parent researcher, a writer, advocate, and mother to a little boy with cerebral palsy. (Presented February 2016; time: 1.5 hours)

The full webinar is available on CAPHC's Knowledge Exchange Network here!

Podcast - An update on the F-words and Knowledge Translation 

Hosted by the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, Dr. Rosenbaum provides on update on the knowledge translation journey of the F-words. (Presented April 2016; time: 16 minutes)

The podcast is available here! 

Conference Presentation Posters

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The F-Words in Childhood Disability: A Rights-Based Values Statement for Children, Families and Service Providers
Kay et al, Event, City, Date

F words ktjourney

The F-words in Childhood Disability: Embracing Opportunities for Knowledge Translation
Cross et al, Event, City, Date

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The F-words in Childhood Disability: A Values Statement for Children, Families and Service Providers
Kay et al, Event, City, Date

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Splashing through the 'F-words': Exploring the aquatic environment for disabled children
​Cross et al, Event, City, Date

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A Family-Researcher Partnership: Working together to spread awareness on the 'F-words' in Childhood Disability
Cross et al, Event, City, Date

What are other people saying about the F-words?

Online News Articles: 

Dr. Fiona Jones (Occupational Therapist), Australia wrote an article on the F-words, titled The six 'F's' of therapy planning for your child (August 15 2016)  on the Source Kids website.  

Your Therapy Source highlights the F-words article on their blog titled F-words in Childhood Disability (December 23 2015)

Renee Ellis, Occupational Therapist provides an article review on the F-words in Childhood Disability in the ASD Connector, Child & Parent Resource Institute (September 2015, pg 7.)

Hamilton Spectator article on the F-words written by Rachael Williams (June 28 2014) titled CanChild focuses on the F-words

CP Daily Living highlights the F-words in the Patient-Professional Communication section of their website. The article is titled Creating balance using the “Five ‘F’s in Childhood Disability (January 15 2014)

Rehab & Community Care Medicine highlights the work of CanChild and Dr. Peter Rosenbaum in an article titled Childhood Disability: What’s new in the 21st Century? (Fall, 2013, pg. 37)

McMaster Children’s Hospital highlights The F-words in Childhood Disability in the CDRP Communicator (Fall 2013)

Diane Kay (F-words Parent Researcher) writes about the F-words in the Holland Bloorview Bloom Magazine (March 4 2013). The article is titled Has your doctor heard about these F-words?

Globe and Mail article written by Tralee Pearce (0ctober 25 2012) titled Mastering motor skills with a little mischief. Includes an interview with Dr. Peter Rosenbaum and an introduction to the F-words.

United Cerebral Palsy highlights the F-words in an article titled Priorities in Cerebral Palsy Research (June 2012)

Online Blog Posts: 

Julie Brocklehurst (Parent-Researcher), Newfoundland, Canada blogs on the    F-words on her Tiptoeing Through webpage.  

         "The ‘F-words’ in Childhood Disability" (August 31 2016) 

          "F-words!" (July 20 2014) 

         "CP in Motion" (May 21 2014)

Emily Hayles (Physiotherapist), Australia wrote a blog post (May 25 2016) titled “F-words in Childhood Disability” on the Move and Play Paediatric Therapy website.

Deepa Bajracharya (Physiotherapist), Nepal wrote a blog post (May 28 2015) titled “Disability, Nepal and F-words” on Pediatric Rehabilitation Nepal webpage. 

Lotta Kauhanen (Physiotherapist), Finland wrote a blog post (May 2015) titled “F-words in Rehabilitation” on the News from the International Rehabilitation Congress website.

Anika William Shewitt, Ontario, Canada wrote a blog post (March 27 2013) titled Future Planning: F-words in Childhood Disability” on The Share Space – Resources for families of children with special needs. ​​

External Videos on the F-words 

Vicki Cavalieros, CEO, Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN), Australia 

Vicki Cavalieros discusses the F Words and how clinicians should work with individuals with cerebral palsy and their families.

Tess Karambelas, Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN), Australia 

Tess Karambelas gives personal insight and advice for clinicians working with individuals with cerebral palsy.