Screening Tests for Vestibular Dysfunction in Children

The Hearing Journal recently published research on screening for vestibular dysfunction in children with hearing impairment.

The Hearing Journal recently published research on screening for vestibular dysfunction in children with hearing impairment. Children with hearing impairment frequently experience vestibular dysfunction but it may go unreported. Research on Vestibular Dysfunction in Children with Hearing Impairment Research indicates that children with hearing impairment may have vestibular loss as well. This may be indicated […]

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Balance and Coordination of Boys with Intellectual Disability

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly published research examining the balance and coordination of 123 boys (ages 8-18) with intellectual disability (ID) but without Down syndrome.  The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOT-2) was used to measure 6 items for balance, 5 items for upper limb coordination, and 6 items for bilateral coordination. The results indicated the […]

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Comparing Motor Impairments: Autism versus ADHD

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research to examine the evidence regarding motor impairment specificity in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   It is difficult to determine if there is evidence for specificity of motor impairment within different clinical groups.  For example, are certain motor impairments associated with specific diagnoses?  Previous research indicates […]

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Light Touch, Postural Sway and Children with Autism

Gait & Posture published research comparing 16 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and 16 typically developing children (TD) to determine the effects of a light fingertip touch on postural control.  Postural sway was measured with a force platform in different conditions: anteroposterior (AP) and mediolateral (ML) directions, light fingertip touch (LT) and no touch […]

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Heart Rate, Motor Skills and Children with Autism

Physiology & Behavior published research on 20 children – 10 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 10 control subjects to determine how the heart rate adjusts during different physical tests. Each participant was evaluated using the Eurofit Physical Fitness Test Battery with constant heart rate monitoring. In addition, their parents completed the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales. […]

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10 Ways to Walk Across a Balance Beam

Want to challenge a child’s balance?  Trying walking different ways across a beam.  If you don’t have a balance beam, you can put a long strip of painter’s tape on the floor or draw a line outdoors using sidewalk chalk.  Obviously, a child can walk forwards across a balance beam so here are 10 more […]

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Pool Noodle Stick for Reaction Time, Coordination and Balance

Create this simple pool noodle stick to encourage reaction time, eye hand coordination, balance skills and muscle strengthening.  Read all the details and watch the video at http://yourtherapysource.com/videopoolnoodlestick.html [subscribe2] Need more sensory motor activities?  Check out Sensory Motor Game Boards at http://yourtherapysource.com/sensoryboards.html.  Just print and play these games that encourage coordination, motor planning, gross motor and balance skills.

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Balance Skills and Obesity in Children

Appetite published research on whether balance skills and quality of life are influenced by childhood obesity.  Eighty seven children who were classified as Class 1 obese (BMI SDS 2.0-2.49) and Class 2 obese (BMI SDS > 2.5) were evaluated using the BOT-II to measure balance and the PedsQL to determine quality of life.  Statistical analysis […]

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Balance, Age and Autism Symptoms

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research on the influence of task difficulty and age on balance control in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The researchers tested balance control during increasingly difficult balance conditions in children with ASD and typically developing peers.  The relationship between balance control and diagnostic/symptom severity for participants […]

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Postural Stability Training Effects on Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Research was published assessing the dynamic bilateral postural stability on balance control and gait parameters in 30 children with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy (8-10 years old).  The children were divided into two groups.  One group received 2 hours per session of physical therapy for 3x/week for 8 weeks.  The second group received 1.5 hours per session […]