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

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00465686
First received: April 23, 2007
Last updated: May 5, 2008
Last verified: May 2008

April 23, 2007
May 5, 2008
February 2007
May 2008   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Minnesota Handwriting Assessment [ Time Frame: 5-10 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Minnesota Handwriting Assessment
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Effect of Ergonomic Classroom Furniture on the Printing Legibility of Elementary Students With Cerebral Palsy
Ergonomic Classroom Furniture and the Printing Legibility of Elementary School Students With CP

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.

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.

Interventional
Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Cerebral Palsy
  • Device: ergonomic chair and desk (Q-Learn Classic Chair and Q-Learn Desk)
    ergonomic school chair and desk adjusted to fit the child user as per the manufacturer's instructions
    Other Name: Q-Learn Classic Chair and Q-Learn Desk
  • Device: ergonomic desk and chair (Q-Learn Desk)
    child sits on chair and desk for 5 minutes, then provides handwriting sample at one desk, then repeats this for the other desk
    Other Name: Q-Learn Desk
Experimental: A
Interventions:
  • Device: ergonomic chair and desk (Q-Learn Classic Chair and Q-Learn Desk)
  • Device: ergonomic desk and chair (Q-Learn Desk)
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Completed
30
May 2008
May 2008   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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
Both
6 Years to 8 Years
Yes
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Canada
 
NCT00465686
06-010
No
Stephen Ryan, MSc, PEng/Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute, Bloorview Kids Rehab
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Stephen E Ryan, MSc, PEng Bloorview Research Institute, Bloorview Kids Rehab
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
May 2008

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