Gillian King

Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities

Tier 1 - 2014-04-01
Renewed: 2021-04-01
University of Toronto
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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Research involves

Investigating how we care for children with disabilities and their families, and developing tools to help providers deliver the best possible care.

Research relevance

This research will lead to better psychological health and well-being, and improved development, in children with disabilities.

Research summary

More than 200,000 Canadian children and youth are living with some form of disability that affects their freedom, independence or quality of life. As Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities, Dr. Gillian King is working to improve how we deliver care to these children and their families.

King and her research team are examining how rehabilitation can promote resilience in children with disabilities. They are also investigating methods to enhance skills like listening and coaching among the rehabilitation practitioners and students who work with these children in order to promote child and family wellness. They also aim to enhance our understanding of family-centred service, which entails sharing information, involving families in decision-making and responding to their priorities and choices.