Because they are a major cause of physical disability in affected children, neurotraumatic lesions, such as traumatic brain injuries, stroke and meningitis sequelae, spinal cord injuries and brain tumours, are a major health problem in Canada. Surprisingly, the vast majority of the sequelae are permanent and can thus have a significant impact on the children's future outcomes following their traumatic injury.
The short term goals of this research program aims at implementing and evaluating the effects of two innovative intervention programs, including both the affected youth and his/her family, as well as the rehabilitation professionals and community resource representatives, on social participation and quality of life of children and adolescents who are receiving physical rehabilitation intervention.
The transition through the different stages of care and life of these young people will also be studied. The possibility of exporting the results of this research to other patient populations across other healthcare settings is also being considered given that health professionals are looking for validated but not very complex interventions programs that are tangible, easy to implement and use in their respective practice settings.