Health Sciences

Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation

Collaborating Team

  • Professor Peter H. Wilson, School of Psychology, ACU, Australia
  • Dr. Jonathan Duckworth, Creative Media & Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Dr. Nick Mumford, School of Psychology, ACU, Australia
  • Professor Karen Caeyenberghs, School of Psychology, ACU, Australia
  • Dr. Jeff Rogers, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Mr. Ross Eldridge, Creative Media & Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Professor Dido Green, School of Occupational Therapy, Oxford-Brookes University, Oxford UK
  • Professor Bert Steenbergen, School of Psychology, ACU, Australia and Behavioural Science Institute, Radbound University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Gavin Williams, School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne; Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  • Professor David Shum, Behavioural Basis of Health Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Professor Patrick Thomas, Behavioural Basis of Health Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Professor David Sugden, Special Needs Education, University of Leeds
  • Professor Jan Piek, School of Psychology, Curtin University
  • Professor Bouwien Smits-Engelsman, KU Leuven, Belgium

Research Aim

There are two broad aims of our research group:

The first is to build explanatory models of motor and cognitive development in children, and of neurodevelopmental disorders that disrupt this development (like developmental coordination disorder and cerebral palsy);

The second broad aim is to design and evaluate novel and creative solutions to the rehabilitation of movement and cognition in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and in adults with acquired brain injury; we adopt a multidisciplinary approach to intervention, including the design and development of virtual-reality (VR) based solutions (or virtual rehabilitation). These interventions are designed specifically to:

1. Prevent secondary impairments in body structure/function;

2. Improve activity performance (skills and abilities) to achieve success daily functioning, and

3. Optimise participation in physical, academic and cultural activities, and enhance quality of life.

Current Projects

Project & names of CIsFunding BodyStart dateDurationAmount

Resonance: Co-located virtual rehabilitation.

(Stream: VR based rehabilitation of movement in adult ABI and developmental motor disorders).

Wilson, P., Thomas, P. (Griffith U.), Shum, D. (Griffith U.), & Duckworth, J.

ARC LinkageNov. 20114 years

ARC: $90,000;

IP: $75,000

The development of rapid online motor control in children.

(Stream: Neurocognitive and behavioural modeling of motor development and disability in children: Inter-relationships between motor, executive and affect control).

Wilson, P., Piek, J. (Curtin U.), & Sugden, D. (Leeds)

ARC DiscoveryJan. 20103 yearsARC: $390,000

Innovations in virtual-reality based rehabilitation of movement: Evaluation of interactive, table-top systems for key disorders.

Wilson, Steenbergen, Green, Caeyenberghs, Mumford, Duckworth, Williams, Shum, Thomas

ACURFJan. 20143 years$545,000

Virtual rehabilitation of developmental motor disorders: The relationship between dose and treatment effects at different levels of function

Wilson, Steenbergen, Green, Caeyenberghs, Mumford, Duckworth, et al.

Pending20153 yearsPending

Predictors of change in participation among children with and without a disability: A multi-site, longitudinal investigation

Imms, Wilson, Granlund, Steenbergen, Rosenbaum, Gordon, Green, Caeyenberghs et al.

Pending20153 yearsPending

Improving measurement of participation in childhood disability.

Imms, Granlund, Rosenbaum, Wilson, Steenbergen et al.

Pending20153 yearsPending