The Childhood Disability LINK website aims to Link Information and New Knowledge to families and service providers to enhance the well-being and quality of life of children with disabilities and their families. Driven by a team of researchers from McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, the Childhood Disability LINK website is focused on: providing evidence-based information, and connecting families to interesting resources and support networks. On LINK you can find up-to-date, reliable information about different types of childhood disabilities, rehabilitation and medical interventions, policies supporting participation of children with disabilities and resources to support parents and families. You can also suggest LINKs and new resources to help others connect and learn!
This newsletter evaluates the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of children 5- 12 years of age and the unique challenges experienced by children with neurodevelopmental disorders. The aim is to provide recommendations to support children’s mental health during and after the pandemic.
Ishana is a research assistant in Dr. Shikako-Thomas’s Participation and Knowledge Translation Lab at the McGill University Health Centre. She is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science in Physiology at McGill University.
Dr. Majnemer is an occupational therapist with graduate training from the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University (MSc, PhD). She is currently a Professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, and is an Associate Member of the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University.
Her research interests focus on child, family and environmental factors that influence activity limitations and participation restrictions in children and youth with disabilities. She is also studying knowledge translation strategies that promote best practice for children with developmental challenges.
Dr. Shikako-Thomas is a Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disabilities: Participation and Knowledge Translation. An occupational therapist by training, she did her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University and a Postdoctoral training in Knowledge Translation in policymaking for children with disabilities from McMaster University and Knowledge Translation in policymaking in Environmental Design and Accessibility from Université de Montréal.
Her research interests focus on the promotion of healthy living and participation for children with disabilities. To promote participation, she is interested in engaging stakeholders in research and translating knowledge to policymakers, clinicians, communities and families.