Neurodevelopment and intervention - PhD projects

Children's self-identified goals

The overall aim of the study is to give children with disabilities a possibility to participate in their own treatment plan by improving their possibilities to describe their abilities, needs and goals.

A child adjusted self-report tool developed in Canada - The Perceived Efficacy and Goal Setting System (PEGS) - is applicable and useful at Swedish paediatric rehabilitation centres. We will also evaluate if giving children a voice and a possibility to identify their own treatment goals through the PEGS is a feasible method to achieve relevant goals and parents' satisfaction.

A study that evaluates the effects of interventions focused on the children's self-identified goals of everyday tasks will be performed. Also the parents' perspectives on the goal setting process, the treatment planning and the following intervention will be explored.

Kristina Nordstrand, Occupational therapist, PhD student
Main supervisor: Lena Krumlinde-Sundholm

Assessment and training of hand function for infants with unilateral brain lesion

This doctoral project consists of two parts. The first is to create an assessment tool, Hand Assessment for Infants (HAI). HAI is an assessment tool for infants between three and twelve months that assesses the quality and quantity of hand movements. The purpose of HAI is to be able to detect a side difference in hand function at an early age.

The other part of the doctoral project will investigate whether it is possible to improve the hand function of infants with unilateral brain lesion through training, i.e. much modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (mm-CIMT).

Linda Ek, PhD student