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Dr Gillian Ferguson

Ms Gillian Ferguson

Job Title

Senior Lecturer, Division of Physiotherapy


Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Student Support and Development Committee Member: South African Society of Physiotherapy Neurorehabilitation group


PhD (Biomedical Sciences) Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

MSc (Physiotherapy), UCT (2007) 
Thesis title: The Motor and Cognitive Development of Children, aged 0-42 months, living with HIV

Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy, SANDTA (2005)

BSc (Physiotherapy), UCT (2002)

Teaching areas

Introduction to Applied Physiotherapy- Movement Analysis

Applied Physiotherapy II - Neuro-Rehabilitation

Applied Physiotherapy III - Neuro-Rehabilitation

Research focus areas

Developmental Coordination Disorder

Physiotherapy in HIV/AIDS



Tel: +27 21 406 6045
Email: Gillian Ferguson


Selected Publications

Ferguson GD, Duysens, J and Smits Engelsman, BCM (2015) Children with DCD lack predictive control during a Manual Pursuit Task. Neurosciences (286) 13-26

Jelsma D, Ferguson GD, Smits-Engelsman BCM, Geuze RH (2015) Finding the balance: short-term motor learning of dynamic balance control in children with probable Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities (38) 213-222

Ferguson, GD., Jelsma, J., Versfeld, P., & Smits-Engelsman, B. (2014). Using the ICF Framework to Explore the Multiple Interacting Factors Associated with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 1-16

Ferguson GD, Aertssen WFM, Rameckers EAA, Jelsma J, Smits-Engelsman BCM (2014) Physical fitness in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: Measurement matters

Research in Developmental Disabilities (35) 1087-1097.

Ferguson GD, Jelsma DJ, Jelsma J, Smits-Engelsman BCM (2013) The efficacy of two task-orientated interventions for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: Neuromotor Task Training and Nintendo Wii Fit Training. Research in Developmental Disabilities (34) 2449-2461

Jelsma J, Pronk M, Ferguson GD, Jelsma-Smit D (2013) The effect of the Nintendo Wii fit on balance control and gross motor function of children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 16 (1): 27-37

Amosun SL, Maart S, Ferguson GD, Manie S (2012) Widening access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa pointers from students’ records. South African Journal of Physiotherapy 68 (2)

Jelsma J, Davids N, Ferguson GD (2011) The motor development of orphaned children with and without HIV: Pilot exploration of foster care and residential placement. BMC Pediatrics, 11 (11)

Ferguson GD, Jelsma J (2009) The prevalence of motor delay among HIV infected children living in Cape Town, South Africa. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research Jun, 32 (2): 108-14.

Jelsma J, Ferguson GD (2007) Motor development in children living within resource poor areas of the Western Cape. South African Journal of Physiotherapy.63 (2):35-40.

Jelsma J, Ferguson GD (2002): The determinants of health related quality of life in residents of Woodstock, Cape Town. The Bulletin, World Health Organization. 83 (3) 206-12 Epub Apr 16

Ferguson GD, Naidoo N, Smits-Engelsman BCM (2015) Providing opportunities for motor skills acquisition and improving physical fitness for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder at a low-income primary school. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics (accepted)