Funding: National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Award no. 1R01HD101900-01
Clinical trials registry: NCT04230278
The purpose of the SIT-PT study is to compare the efficacy of two physical therapy interventions — MORE-PT and START-Play — while providing the same amount of intervention to both participant groups. The research team will investigate whether the benefits of START-Play are related to receiving more physical therapy or to the type of intervention provided.
We are seeking participants now! Children ages 8 to 24-months-old with or at high risk of having cerebral palsy (CP) are eligible to participate when they are learning to sit.
Funding: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
Award no. R324A150103
From 2015-2019, the START-Play research team conducted a national randomized controlled trial for the intervention. It was the first comprehensive research study to:
The purpose of the trial of was to evaluate the effectiveness of START-Play and compare it kind of care babies would usually receive in their communities.
155 families from across the U.S. participated with infants between 7–16 months of age. Infants presented motor delays and were just beginning to sit.
Longitudinal, randomized controlled trial.
Research took place in homes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington and Virginia.
Infants in the START-Play group received 24 sessions of intervention over three months.
START-Play provided individualized twice-weekly home intervention for 12 weeks with families to enhance cognition through sitting, reaching and problem-solving activities for infants. See the intervention details.
While the team continues to follow many of the children who participated in the study for long-term assessment, we have important results to share. See what we’re learning.
Funding: Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Grant
PIs: Stacy C. Dusing, Emily Marcinowski
Funding: Virginia Commonwealth University Post-Doctoral Association Research Grant
Funding: Virginia Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Grant
PIs: Alyssa LaForme Fiss; Site-PI: Lin-Ya Hsu; Co-I: Sarah W. McCoy