Introducing the Challenge and the Quality FM for Ambulatory Children & Youth Who Have Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Toronto, Ontario
Friday, May 27, 2016
Introducing the Challenge and the Quality FM for Ambulatory Children & Youth Who Have Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Friday, May 27, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
(416) 425-6220
150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8

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These interactive workshops for pediatric physical therapists focus on expanding participants’ thinking and enhancing clinical skills in assessment of advanced motor skills (Challenge) and movement quality (Quality FM) of children and youth who have CP.

These workshops will be of interest to pediatric physical therapists and pediatric neurologists who have clinical experience with using the Gross Motor Function Measure with ambulatory children with CP (those in GMFCS Levels I, II and III) and want to learn additional ways of assessing the gross motor movement of these children.

Participants to choose to attend either or both:

  • 1-Day Challenge Workshop
  • 2-Day Quality FM Workshop

What is the Challenge? Motor measures currently used by pediatric physical therapists do not fully capture advanced motor skill abilities and deficits in children in GMFCS I (i.e., able to run and jump independently but limited in speed and quality of movement). This gap may lead to serious evaluation issues, such that lack of understanding of their physical abilities/challenges may mean missed intervention opportunities to help these kids achieve their gross motor and participation goals. The Challenge (Wilson et al., 2011; Glazebrook and Wright., 2013) is an observational measure that was developed by our research team to address this measurement gap.  It assesses 25 advanced gross motor skills that tap into a child's co-ordination, agility, balance, fitness and strength. It can be used with children with cerebral palsy who are age 6 years and up and are in GMFCS Level I, and also with higher ability children in GMFCS II (i.e., able to walk and run slowly without an assistive device).

What is the Quality FM? Gross motor interventions for children/youth who have cerebral palsy (CP) are focused on optimizing the child’s functional skills ('what they can do') and their movement quality '(how they do it'). Both are important components of motor skill performance that allow a child to participate in gross motor activities. The Quality FM (Wright et al., DMCN 2014) is an observational clinical assessment that captures the quality of movement of the Stand and Walk/Run/Jump skills (items) in the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-66). It was designed by clinical researchers at Holland Bloorview and CanChild for use by pediatric physical therapists with children who have cerebral palsy (CP) and are age 5 years and up, able to walk (i.e., in GMFCS Level I, II or III), and can actively follow the GMFM’s administration instructions. 

For more information on the Challenge and Quality FM:






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Payment Instructions

  • Registration Fees:   
    Include t
    he in-person course and the access to the on-line video training materials and an on-line certification test with personal feedback from the course trainers.  Also includes light breakfast, lunch and snacks for each course day, and one group dinner out on Day 2 for those who are registered for the Quality FM course!  We have corporate hotel rates as well as a nearby hotel at about $145 CDN.

    Early Registration (up until March 31, 2016)
    Early Registration Fees:

    *$175 CAN plus 13% HST for Challenge Workshop - Day 1 (May 27, 2016)
    *$400 CAN plus 13% HST for Quality FM Workshop - Day 2 & 3 (May 28 & 29, 2016)
    *$520 CAN plus 13% HST if registered for Both Workshops (May 27 - 29, 2016)

    Full Registration Fees (after March 31, 2016)

    *$225 CAN plus 13% HST for Challenge Workshop - Day 1

    *$450 CAN plus 13% HST for Quality FM Workshop - Day 2 & 3
    *$620 CAN plus 13% HST if registered for Both Workshops

    REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MAY 20TH.  Space is limited in each of the Quality FM and the Challenge workshops. 

    If paying by cheque, please make payable to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and send to the attention of:
    Sue Moffatt
    Organizational Development and Learning
    Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
    150 Kilgour Road
    Toronto, Ontario  M4G 1R8

    Certificates of attendance will be provided by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.  This Certificate implies neither the certification nor competence as an assessor on either test.  However, on successful completion of the Challenge or Quality FM criterion tests after self-study of the web-based materials, a Criterion Test Certificate will be issued for each.

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