Functional Gaze Control in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy


Children with severe physical disabilities and little or no functional speech rely almost entirely on their looking skills to communicate and learn. However, credible assessments of looking skills in young children with physical disability affecting the whole body are not available.

In order for families and professionals to provide the best possible support of children’s development and their participation in everyday life, it is essential to establish the extent of children’s functional gaze control.

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Our research aims to establish procedures for assessing functional gaze skills in young children with physical disability. This will help us identify children that can use their looking skills effectively to communicate and learn; children that may struggle to develop looking skills, or children who have subtle or overlooked difficulties.

These procedures are designed specifically for children who:

• Have cerebral palsy affecting the whole body

• Are aged approximately 2;0 - 8;0 years

sparks_logo_small This research is kindly supported by Sparks and The Rooney Foundation.
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