New study explores physical activity levels for children with development disabilities

Parents of children with developmental disabilities needed for study exploring the context of when and where children with developmental disabilities are active in British Columbia.

Currently, Canadian children with developmental disabilities are not getting enough daily physical activity to gain health benefits. Little is known about the locations where children with developmental disabilities are active.

The Feasibility of qualitative-geospatial methods to investigate physical activity behaviours in children with developmental disabilities in British Columbia is a study led by Principal Investigator Dr. Christine Voss and graduate student Brianna Tsui, who are exploring the context of when and where children with developmental disabilities are physically active.

This study will also give parents the opportunity to learn more about your child’s daily physical activity behaviours.

The overall aim of this study is to provide more insight on physical activity behaviours in children with developmental disabilities and to test the feasibility of qualitative-geospatial research methods. This includes wearable devices and interviews.

The research team is inviting one adult (parent/legal guardian) and their child with a developmental disability between the ages of 8-12 years living in British Columbia to participate in this study.

Parents will fill out a 20-minute questionnaire about their child’s physical activity behaviours. Children will be asked to wear a Fitbit and GPS device for 7 days to track their daily physical activity. Parents and children will also participate in a 1-hour virtual interview on Zoom. After the study, children will be able to keep their Fitbit device.

 To learn more or to participate in the study please contact the main study contact, Brianna Tsui via phone 250 878-9959 or email at brianna.tsui@ubc.ca.