We are happy to share our new publication on current developmental follow-up practices in Canada In this paper, we demonstrated that only a subset of Canadian children with a complex congenital heart defect has access to a formal developmental program that can optimally identify delays. These practices are considered suboptimal from the point of view of the majority of the health care professionals we interviewed and may lead to the under-detection of developmental difficulties in this population.

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Professor Marie Brossard-Racine OT Ph.D. and Eliane Dionne OT (Ph.D. candidate) have been selected as the winners of the McMaster Legacy Grant 2021 competition. The award will support a research study that will survey the current practices of Canadian Occupational Therapists (OT) towards academic activities in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). This study will collect data on the assessment and intervention practices, and likely identifying knowledge gaps. We anticipate that this study will have strong significance for the community of OT working with school-aged children and that it will spark rich conversations about the role of OTs with children with DCD.

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This month, members of the ABCD Research Lab attended the 2021 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Virtual Meeting. This international conference brought together clinicians, scientists, and educators from 62 countries to share their research and explore new ideas, aiming to improve the health and medical care of children worldwide.

MSc student Elly Htite was selected to deliver a platform presentation, titled ‘Altered Hippocampal Growth in Infants Born Preterm’. PhD student Kaitlyn Easson was selected to present a highlighted e-poster, titled ‘Impaired Cerebral Perfusion in Youth with Congenital Heart Disease’.

MSc student Elly Htite giving her presentation, titled 'Altered hippocampal growth in infants born preterm'.

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