Help assess sleep in children both with and without cerebral palsy

By Curtin University

Researchers from Curtin University are assessing sleep biomechanics in typically developing children and children with cerebral palsy.

What’s the project about?

This study aims to gather information on movement and positions adopted from both children who are typically developing and those with cerebral palsy and see how they are similar. And how they are different. This study is a pilot study, meaning it is a small study that is completed first to see if it is worth doing a bigger study in the future. Researchers are aiming to have 50 children and adolescents (5-18 years old) take part in this study; 25 who are typically developing, and 25 with cerebral palsy. They will use small, wearable monitors to collect sleep movement/position data for 5 nights for each person.

Who can participate?

Researchers are looking for children and adolescents (5-18 years old) in the Perth Metro area to be involved in the research. They are recruiting typically developing people and people with cerebral palsy.

The main assessment will consist of measuring the child’s sleeping position from the time they go to bed until they wake up. Researchers will do this by using four small activity monitors called XSENS DOTs (or DOTs, for short) – they are about the size of two 50c coins stuck together. These DOTs will be secured to the chest, tummy, and above both knees with either Fixomull or Tegaderm medical dressing. They will send information to a Samsung Galaxy smartphone that we will provide. Children may need the assistance of an adult to apply the DOTs each night. Sticking the DOTs on and programming them to start using the phone will take approximately 10-15 minutes each night. The DOTs will record the position of the chest, hips and legs during sleep. It is requested that participants record for five (5) nights in a row, including at least one weekend night. After participants have finished the 5 nights of recording, researchers will collect the recording equipment from your home.

There will be no cost to you for taking part in this research and you will not be paid for taking part.

How do I participate?

To take part in this study please contact Nicholas Buckley on 0421 183 721 or email [email protected]


If you would like to find out more, please contact:
Dr Jenny Downs – [email protected] or (08) 6319 1763.

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2021-0056). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email [email protected]