Promoting inclusive KT: physical activity practices for children and youth with diverse abilities

February 25, 2022


Dr. Lise Olsen, Associate Professor, UBCO
Dr. Stephanie Glegg, OT and Implementation Scientist, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

This presentation will address the importance of physical activity participation for children with diverse abilities and the value of equitable access to inclusive programs for children and families. Factors linked to children’s access to inclusive opportunities will be discussed, (e.g. geographic location or program closures to COVID-19 pandemic) and how participation can be better supported through KT initiatives. We will provide an overview of the KidsAction intervention, the implementation science framework underpinning the study and our use of an Indigenous inclusive approach throughout. We will discuss our collaborative research approaches with varied community sites in BC and adaptations to implementation made along the way. Key lessons learned to date and how we aim to foster project sustainability to provide for continuing access to inclusive programs for children and families will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of KT to build physical literacy and to support participation for children with diverse abilities.
  • Describe the intersecting factors that affect physical activity opportunities for children with diverse abilities and their families.
  • Appreciate the importance and value of building relationships in Indigenous-partnered community-based initiatives.
  • Explain the importance of adaptations to the implementation process for facilitating successful outcomes.


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