My child’s muscle tone and functional performance

Atypical muscle tone is one of the most common clinical features observed in children with motor disorders with 6-8% collective prevalence. Children with atypical muscle tone may have difficulties in motor activity and/or participation. However, there has been no research to confirm gold standard assessments, or the relationship between muscle tone and functional performance in children.

Who can participate?

Ambulatory children aged 6 to 12 years with or without muscle tone issues.

What is involved?

Children will receive 3 free assessment sessions from a Physiotherapist.

  • Session 1 will include a clinical assessment of muscle tone (10 minutes)
  • Session 2 will include a ultrasound-based assessment of muscle stiffness (30 minutes)
  • Session 3 will include assessments of motor performance and participation (50 minutes) such as walking on a line or standing on one leg

All tests are non-invasive and non-harmful, as testing is conducted in a resting state or based on daily activity.

A report of your child’s performance, compared to same-age of peers, will be provided to you after the assessment day. For children, a certificate of junior researcher will be provided.

Where will the study take place?

Sessions will take place at either the University of Queensland or Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Who are the researchers?

Members of the Children’s Motor Control Research Collaborative (CMCRC):

  •  Dr Leanne Johnston, Chair of CMCRC, Senior Lecturer
  •  Dr Kylie Tucker, Director of Motor Control and Pain Laboratory, Senior Lecturer
  •  Ms Miran Goo, Pysiotherapist and PhD candidate, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ
  • Dr Honey Heussler, Paediatrician and Director, Child Development Service, CHQ-HHS

How do I take part?

If you are interested, please contact Miran Goo ( or 0434 479 331).