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CanChild

The Canchild Centre for Childhood Disability located in McMaster University in Ontario Canada describes itself as a research and educational centre in the field of childhood disabilities.

Their website (http://canchild.ca/en/index.asp) provides the Special Needs Parents with research documented information about the expected development of the disabled child. The website also contains extensive research based information about many aspects of life with children with development disorders.

The Canchild team has developed what they have named the Gross Motor Function Classification System.

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This system classifies disabled children based upon their gross motor functioning and their need for mechanical assistance. The GMFCS system classifies the children in Level I to Level V with Level I being the mildly affected children and Level V the most severe ones.

The Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) is a clinical tool designed to evaluate change in gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy. It integrates 66 gross motor function tests that are indicative of a child’s motor development.

A third useful informatory tool for parents is the Gross Motor Function Curves.  These curves can easily be downloaded from the Canchild website. 

On hand from the information attainable through the CanChild website, parents can easily access the expected developmentary outcome of their own special needs child under today’s health care system.

The ABR Professionals acknowledge the findings of CanChild and their Gross Motor Function Measures. The documented research of the Canchild team also makes it possible for the ABR Team and for the parents involved in the ABR Program to put the results attained through ABR Therapy into a larger and well defined perspective.

For example, if a child in the category of Level IV has not achieved head control by the age of three, then the normal expectations are that the Level IV child will never attain head control. (http://motorgrowth.canchild.ca/en/MotorGrowthCurves/resources/MotorGrowthCurves.pdf)

However, in hundreds of cases, involving children and adults from all the five GMFCS levels, the ABR Method has shown that there are still untapped reserves and possibilities for essential improvements for mild and for the most severely disabled individuals in all age groups. (GMFCS Level I – Level IV)