You can help contribute to AllPlay by participating in our research. There are many was to get involved. You can participate in our surveys or join our research register to find out about the research projects currently recruiting participants.
Would you like to participate in child development research but don’t see a project you are interested in or eligible for? Join our research register!
Register your details now to find out about relevant research studies.
If you would like to join the research registry you can then consent and answer a few questions which will help us to only contact the right people at the right time.
Deakin University is conducting a study to explore whether children with cerebral palsy experience any benefits to their health, wellbeing, thinking skills and behaviour from participating in dance. We are seeking children with cerebral palsy (aged 8-10) to participate in an adapted dance program over the September school holiday period.
The program will have a ballet focus and run across four sessions at our Deakin University dance studios in Burwood. Disability and dance experts will facilitate the sessions and children with cerebral palsy will be mentored by “buddies” (i.e., older dancers undertaking elite training). Following the program, children with cerebral palsy will have the opportunity to perform a short dance piece and observe Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of QLD Ballet Company and author of Mao’s Last Dancer, lead their buddies in a ballet masterclass.
Please click the link below to find out more and get involved.
Deakin University is conducting research on dance and children with disabilities. The online survey aims to find out what are the benefits, barriers and facilitators to participation in dance around Australia for children with physical and developmental disabilities and challenges. These results will help build AllPlay Dance, which will be a dance resource enabling children of all abilities to participate in dance programs.
If you are a dance school/company or run a dance program, are a dance teacher, or are a parent of a child aged 1-18 years with a disability please consider participating in the surveys. Children with disabilities can also take part through the parent survey.
Do you have a child aged between 5 and 12 years with a disability or additional needs? If you are planning to enrol them in NAB AFL Auskick for 2018, OR, they don’t play any sport or physical activity, we invite you to take part in our AllPlay Outcomes of Participation study!
The AllPlay Footy Outcomes study explores the effects of participation in NAB AFL Auskick for children with a disability, or children who do not have a diagnosis but may be developmentally vulnerable and may need a little extra support and planning (eg. physical or behavioural challenges), as well as their families. The term disability in this study refers to any condition that affects a child’s cognitive, developmental, sensory or mobility functions. This study will also explore the factors which influence whether or not children participate in organised physical activities such as NAB AFL Auskick.
Participation in the study involves both the child and the parent/guardian. Since this is a pre/post study, you and your child will attend two sessions. In the first session, your child will complete tasks exploring their cognitive (ie. thinking skills) and motor functioning (ie. movement skills) while you complete a number of questionnaires about your child’s functioning and activity participation. We will then conduct a follow up session after the Auskick season if your child participates in Auskick, or between May to November if your child doesn’t participate in any organised physical activity. All participants that complete both sessions will be reimbursed a $60 gift voucher for their research involvement, which may be collected at the end of the second session. If you are interested in finding out more, please click on the button below.
The AllPlay Buddy Program is a pilot program currently being trialled by the Deakin Child Study Centre at a number of NAB AFL Auskick centers in 2018. The Buddy Program involves senior primary-school aged players (Grades 5-6) taking on an ALLPlay Buddy role and partnering up with a junior primary-school aged players (Grades 1-4) with a disability during NAB AFL Auskick sessions. The aim of the Buddy program is to help children of all abilities feel included in community sport. For more information about this program, please email us here