Effect of Ergonomic Classroom Furniture on the Printing Legibility of Elementary Students With Cerebral Palsy

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Status and phase

Completed
Phase 1

Conditions

Cerebral Palsy

Treatments

Device: ergonomic chair and desk (Q-Learn Classic Chair and Q-Learn Desk)
Device: ergonomic desk and chair (Q-Learn Desk)

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00465686
06-010

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this pilot study is to gather the data needed to do a larger research study to determine whether children with cerebral palsy print better sitting at an ergonomically-designed, custom-fitted school desk or at an oversized, standard school desk.

Full description

This pilot study will allow us to gather information for a high-quality randomized controlled trial to study the efficacy of ergonomic school furniture as a remedial handwriting intervention for young students with cerebral palsy. We will conduct the study in two parts. In the first part, 30 children with Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Level I and II cerebral palsy will each provide manuscript handwriting samples using two different school furniture configurations. A blinded assessor will score the legibility of handwriting samples using the Minnesota Handwriting Assessment (MHA) as a primary outcome measure. In the second part, seven occupational therapy experts will attend a focus group to help us determine the minimal clinically important difference score for the MHA. We will use the data collected to determine the sample size requirements for a proposed randomized controlled trial.

Enrollment

30 patients

Sex

All

Ages

6 to 8 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • primary diagnosis of cerebral palsy
  • functional status of Gross Motor Function Classification System Level I or II

Exclusion criteria

  • genetic disorder;
  • attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; or,
  • pervasive developmental disorder

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Crossover Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

30 participants in 1 patient group

A
Experimental group
Treatment:
Device: ergonomic desk and chair (Q-Learn Desk)
Device: ergonomic chair and desk (Q-Learn Classic Chair and Q-Learn Desk)

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