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Rehabilitation and habilitation trajectories, intervention and services for preschool children with cerebral palsy (CPHAB)

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About the project

The project will monitor children with cerebral palsy (CP) in preschool years with data being collected biannually. The information collected will provide new knowledge on habilitation processes, interventions and services for children with complex disabilities.


The aim is to collect information on habilitation processes for children with CP in Norway in order to:

• Describe development trajectories, interventions and services provided to the children and their families throughout the preschool years.

• Provide evidence-based knowledge on the relationships between the child’s characteristics and interventions as well as other important outcomes associated with the children and their families.

The project focuses on periods of intensive habilitation, parental involvements in the child’s development, participation in activites as well as the quality of life of the the involved parties. Financial cost will also be evaluated.

The database created through CPHAB can strengthen the foundation of decision making for CP interventions and services in Norway. In addition, it will be used in the development of a follow-up program that aims to address the complexity of the condition.


The project is carried out in cooperation with the CP registry (CPRN), the Motor skill follow-up program for children with CP (CPOP), children habilitation services at healthcare providers, Oslo Uiversity Hospitals, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Oslo and Akershus University College, Faculty of health sciences, and CP association over a period of 4 years.

Research shows that the availability of appropriate and early support to children and their families is critical to the short-term and long-term development of children with CP. An ecological and sociocultural understanding of development will increase the child's ability to participate in activities in all facets of life.

From the time the child is registered with CPRN/CPOP, systematic follow-ups will be carried out every 6 months for a minimum of 3 years. One of the purposes of the project is to identify interventions and services that show indication of improving participation in activities and quality of life over time. The information obtained from this research-  in habilitation trajectories and parental experience with services - is necessary to develop equitable and effective services for children with complex conditions such as CP.

One phD student, Gunvor Lilleholt Klevberg, is employed to carry out the project "Hand function and habilitation services in Cerebral Palsy".


When the main project is in progress, the program will be further expanded into various subprojects in order to examine the validity of the data collection methods, develop in- depth projects through considering intervention content, and how CP services can best be organized and delivered.


  • Research Council of Norway through CHARM
  • Oslo and Akershus University College
  • Oslo University Hopitals, Sofies Minde foundation.
  • Has applied for additional funding in health and rehabilitation sector to support biannual data collection.


CPHAB is a collaborative project between clinical habilitation health services, research and academic institutions both nationally and internationally.

  • Oslo and Akershus college, Fakulty of health sciences
  • Oslo University Hospitals, Department of pediatric neurology
  • Northern Norway University hospital, Department of child habilitation
  • CP Association


Start - end

2013 – 2017

Tags: Rehabilitation, cerebral palsy, children
Published Jan. 23, 2012 3:21 PM - Last modified Feb. 23, 2018 10:53 AM


Project Leader:

Sigrid Østensjø, Oslo and Akershus College (HIOA)

Deputy project leader

Reidun Jahnsen, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Oslo Universitetssykehus