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Trunk Control Measurement Scale for Children

Trunk Control Measurement Scale for Children

The Trunk Control Measurement Scale is a clinical tool to measure trunk control in children with cerebral palsy.  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology recently published research examining the reliability of the Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS) with its subscores, in children with neuromotor disorders.  In addition, the discriminative validity of the TCMS was assessed by comparing the TCMS scores with the Functional Independence Measure for children.

The participants in the reliability study included 90 children, ranging in age from 5 years to almost 19 years old and 50 participated for the discriminative validity study. The results indicated the following:

  • reliability was excellent.
  • change in the TCMS total score of six points (10%) can be considered a true change.
  • TCMS subscores appeared to be clinically relevant because children with less than around 80% of the static balance score, less than 55% of the dynamic reaching score, or less than around 35% of the selective movement control score needed support for daily life activities.

The researchers concluded that the TCMS is a reliable and clinically relevant assessment for children aged 5 years and older with different neurological impairments.

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Reference:  Marsico, P., Mitteregger, E., Balzer, J., & Hedel, H. J. (2017). The Trunk Control Measurement Scale: reliability and discriminative validity in children and young people with neuromotor disorders. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 59(7), 706-712.

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Trunk Control Measurement Scale for Children