Internal – Novita research or collaborative projects
Getting Into The Game
We need your help to make it easier for kids and teens living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to get involved in physical activity and sport.
Novita is looking for 45 kids and teens aged 6-17 who live with ASD and who have low-intensity support needs in social communication to take part in a research project called Getting into the Game. The project will help to work out the best way to measure physical activity and sports skills for kids and young people living with ASD, to assist their involvement in more sports and activities.
We need just two hours of your time – that’s it! Participants will receive a gift card as a thank you for their time and a voucher to assist with travel costs.
Your participation could support more children and young people with ASD to be more involved in physical activity. This could also potentially support them to benefit from the many health and wellbeing benefits of an active lifestyle.
Activity Boost Challenge: Impact of the WalkAide device plus physiotherapy on walking and physical activity in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy
The Paediatric WalkAide® is a new technology for children and young people with cerebral palsy. The WalkAide® activates weak muscles of the lower leg through electrical stimulation and has been shown to improve a child’s walking pattern. It is worn just below the knee, replacing the need for an orthotic or brace.
This project will investigate the impact of a physiotherapy+WalkAide® intervention for children aged 6-17 years old with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP). We will learn whether this type of therapy can improve skills like running, jumping and balance, and whether it can help children become more active. We know how the WalkAide works and that it is safe for children to use. We also know that it doesn’t work for all young people with CP. We don’t know if having physiotherapy when using the WalkAide will be any better than physiotherapy alone. This project will help us to find out! We also want to find out what children and their parents or caregivers think about wearing a WalkAide, and whether physiotherapists and orthotists think it is effective.
More information about the research can be found here or feel free to talk to your child’s therapy team.
If you would like to find out more or are interested in taking part please contact Dr Annemarie Wright email@example.com or telephone 8243 8281.
External – Projects approved by Novita
Researchers from Australian Catholic University are looking for parents and carers of kids aged 3 months-12 years who live with cerebral palsy (CP) or who are at high risk of CP to take part in a research project. The project will help work out how best to measure the vision of kids living with CP.
All we are asking for is up 40 minutes of your time to complete an online survey – that’s it!
You know best how your child uses their vision. Your help will ensure this new measurement tool is as good as it can be and will support kids in all areas of their development and learning.
More information available at our survey page.