Opening the Door to Physical Activity for Children With Cerebral Palsy: Experiences of Participants in the BeFAST or BeSTRONG Program

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 University of Toronto
  • | 2 Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
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This study explored children’s experiences of participating in one-to-one physical training programs to identify how programs can best promote physical activity participation for children with cerebral palsy. A qualitative descriptive design with self-determination theory was used. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 6 children with cerebral palsy, age 8–14 years, who participated in a fundamental-movement-skills or lower-limb strength-training program. A hybrid approach of deductive and inductive analysis was used. Four themes developed: World around me (i.e., social/physical environments), Made for me (i.e., individualizing programs), Teach me how (i.e., teaching strategies facilitated skill learning), and I know me (i.e., sense of self). Results include recommendations for delivery of physical training programs. Using an individualized approach in a structured one-to-one program that employs skill-teaching strategies and self-reflection opportunities may provide a foundation to increase physical activity participation, related self-confidence, and desire to participate.

Kahlon, Brubacher-Cressman, Caron, Ramonov, Taubman, Berg, and Wright are with Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. Wright and Hilderley are with Holland Bloorview Kids Reha­bilitation Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Wright ( is corresponding author.

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