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Dr. Doreen Bartlett


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Doreen is interested in the use of observational methods to gain a more in-depth understanding of the multiple child, family, and environmental variables (or determinants) that contribute to early motor development of infants born full-term, infants born preterm, and preschool children with cerebral palsy. Significant determinants that are amenable to change are targets for intervention, whereas significant determinants that cannot change assist with realistic goal setting. Using this approach, both effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery can be enhanced.

Areas of Focus

Early motor development of infants, physical activity participation, children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP)



The Gross Motor Function Classification System - Expanded & revised (GMFCS - E&R) is a 5 level classification system that describes the gross motor function of children and youth with cerebral palsy.

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Dynamic Systems Theory: A Framework for Exploring Readiness to Change in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Dynamic Systems Theory (DST) is a theory of motor development that can be applied to the management of children with Cerebral Palsy.

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Knowledge Broker

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapists, acting as Knowledge Brokers (KBs) within their own clinical facility to facilitate the clinical use of evidence-based measures of gross motor function for children with cerebral palsy.

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Use of the Gross Motor Function Classification System to Optimize Rehabilitation Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy

The GMFCS is a standardized system to classify gross motor function of children with CP aged 12 months to 12 years based on observation of a child's self-initiated movement and need for assistive technology and/or wheeled mobility.

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Are Services Meeting the Health Needs of Children with Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP), one of the most common physical disabilities in childhood, is often associated with co-occurring health conditions, which often have a great impact on children and families. As a result, children with CP require a wide variety of health services.

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"If I knew then what I know now": Parents' reflections on raising a child with cerebral palsy.

In Brief - By talking with parents of children with CP and exploring this feeling further, the aim was to identify areas in which professionals can improve on their practice, as well as to collect information to help parents of newly-diagnosed children with CP.

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"If I knew then what I know now" ... Parents' Reflections on Raising Children with Cerebral Palsy

Qualitative interviews with 9 parents participating in this study in order to learn from them about their experiences parenting a child with cerebral palsy from early childhood into young adulthood.

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Motor Growth Curves

GMFM scores of a sample of over 650 Ontario children with cerebral palsy with varying GMFCS levels have been used to create five Motor Growth Curves.

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Move & Play Executive Summary

The purpose of the Move & PLAY study was to gain a better understanding of the child, family, and service delivery factors that support the development of movement abilities and participation in self-care, recreation, and play of preschool children with cerebral palsy (CP).

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Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) New, Shortened Versions - Move & Play

The Move & PLAY team developed a new, even shorter method of using the GMFM: the GMFM-66 B&C. It uses a “basal and ceiling” approach; child is assessed using items that range between the easiest and most difficult levels of his or her abilities; accurate scores can be obtained using as few as 15 items

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Knowledge Broker Study Report

Knowledge brokering is the process of “bringing people together, to help them build relationships, uncover needs, and share ideas and evidence that will let them do their jobs better.

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Recreation and Rehabilitation Services - Move & Play

This report focuses on what parents told us about the recreation and rehabilitation services their children received. We collected information about various aspects of these services at the 2nd session, using a parent questionnaire developed by the research team.

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Motor and Self-Care Abilities - Move & Play

There are 2 summaries in this series describing the results of the main goal of the Move & PLAY study: to determine which child, family, and service factors influence children’s motor, self-care, and play abilities.

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What do we know about the relationship between family characteristics and infant gross motor development? Research findings and clinical implications

In this Keeping Current, we explore the relationship between selected family characteristics and infant gross motor development.

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