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The Relationships Between Capacity and Performance in Youths with Cerebral Palsy Differ for GMFCS Levels


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This article, published in the Jan 2017 Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal, examines changes in motor functioning and activity performance and their longitudinal (1 year) relationships among youths with cerebral palsy, aged 9-16 years, stratified by GMFCS levels.

Meet the Authors

Chia-Hsieh Chang is director and associated professor of the Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan. He had fellowship training in duPont Hospital for Children, Delaware, USA in 2000 and has served for children's bone and joint disorders for 20 years. His research interests are gait disorders, hip displacement, and motor function in children and adolescent with cerebral palsy.

Ai-Wen Hwang, PhD, PT is Associate Professor at Graduate Institute of Early Intervention, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan. She has served at the child developmental center and child assessment center in Taiwan over 15 years. She is also one of the members of Task Force of Disability Eligibility System in Taiwan. Her research interests are early intervention, child environment and participation related research, ICF/ICF-CY, developing developmental screening test and measures, and the disability evaluation system in Taiwan.

Mats Granlund is full professor of psychology and disability science at Jönköping University and guest professor of Special Education at Oslo University. His main research area in the last 15 years is every day functioning, operationalized as participation, of children and youth in need of special support. In this area he has a long-standing collaboration with researchers from Taiwan, Australia, USA, Canada and South Africa. Mats has published extensively in this area. Current two main strands of research are the evaluation and further development of the ICF-CY classification and investigating two dimensions of participation being there, and engagement while being there. Activity competence with the components capacity, capability and performance is studied as a factor strongly influencing participation.

Karen Gage Bensley, PT, DPT, MS, PCS is a pediatric clinician, board certified specialist in pediatric physical therapy (since 1994). She has provided pediatric services in private practice, early intervention, acute and outpatient settings (current), state neuromotor clinics, and school systems. She is core faculty on the NH-ME LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities) grant, and has been adjunct faculty for the pediatric content courses at the entry-level DPT program at the University of New England. She currently is part of a pediatric rehab team in a community hospital in addition to her teaching & leadership activities. Dr. Bensley is active in state & regional APTA activities.