Carol DeMatteo has a dual background as an occupational therapist and physiotherapist with graduate training in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. She is an Associate Clinical professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University. She has practiced Occupational Therapy internationally covering all areas from paediatric rehabilitation to acute paediatrics. Her areas of clinical focus coincide with her areas of research which are: neurotrauma in childhood, specifically acquired brain injury and obstetrical brachial plexus injury. Carol's current research at CanChild includes leading the CIHR-funded Safely Returning Children and Youth to Activity after mTBI/Concussion study, and acts as the regional co-investigator of the Generating Innovation through the use of common data: improving the diagnosis and treatment of child and adolescent mTBI in Canada study.
Areas of Focus
mild traumatic brain injury, obstetrical brachial plexus injuries
This project includes 6 systematic reviews of different rehabilitation interventions for children and youth with brain injury. Topics to be covered are: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Casting and Splinting, Botox, Alternative Therapies, Feeding and Behaviour Therapy.
Trajectories and Consequences: Long-term follow-up of children and youth and their families after acquired brain injury.
This one year pilot study will examine the effectiveness of a short-term, individualized occupational therapy intervention with children 7-15 years of age who are experiencing difficulties at home and school after a traumatic brain injury.
The Quality of Upper Extremity Skills Test is an outcome measure designed to evaluate movement patterns and hand function in children with cerebral palsy.
What are the criteria that distinguish children with a MTBI from those with moderate and severe injuries?
In collaboration with the College of Family physicians and the Provincial MTBI Strategy, the team will work to develop and evaluate user-friendly materials that help physicians in: identification of MTBI; recommendations for return to activity and school; referral guidelines for further services, specifically for children/youth in their practice.
A clinical decision-making process outlining how therapists can use motor learning strategies in practice.
This Keeping Current is one of a series of reports that discuss the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for children and youth with brain injury.
Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury has been receiving warranted attention over the past 2 years, after years of the impact of concussion being minimized.
What are the factors that influence transitions to home, school and community / recreational activities for the school-aged child with an acquired brain injury (ABI)?
Developmental Trajectories of Youth with Disabilities (age 12-25 years of age): A Knowledge Synthesis
This report is the outcome of a knowledge synthesis project on developmental trajectories of youth with disabilities, ages 12 - 25 years.
Child specific Return to Activity guidelines, which are more conservative than adult guidelines, were developed to guide management when youth sustain a concussion.