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Hand Motor Function in Unilateral Cerebral Palsy – Benefits of Peer Interaction

A recent study indicated that there are benefits to child-to-child interaction when it comes to hand motor function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy.

Therapeutic activities for children with unilateral cerebral palsy are often suggested to help improve hand motor function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy. A recent study indicated that there are benefits to child-to-child interaction when it comes to hand motor function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy. What did the study investigate? This study was […]

Self-Care in Preschool Children with Cerebral Palsy

The study examined the relationship of self-care in preschool children with cerebral palsy and manual ability.

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published a longitudinal study on 290 children with cerebral palsy aged 18 months to 5 years of age. The study examined the relationship of self-care in preschool children with cerebral palsy and manual ability. Methodology of the Study on Self-Care in Preschool Children with Cerebral Palsy Each participant was evaluated […]

Dual Tasks and Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Gait and Posture recently published research on dual tasks and walking in children with cerebral palsy compared to typically developing peers.

Gait and Posture recently published research on dual tasks and walking in children with cerebral palsy compared to typically developing peers. Methodology of the Study on Dual Tasks and Walking The participants included 18 children with cerebral palsy and 19 typically developing controls. Both groups had an average age of 12 years old. Participants were […]

Physical Activity and Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy Over Time

The researchers concluded that physical activity and walking performance in children with cerebral palsy varies over time based on functional levels. This information is helpful to guide physical activity and walking interventions for therapists and families.

A recent study in Disability and Rehabilitation examined physical activity and walking in children with cerebral palsy over time. The goal of the study was to create developmental trajectories for physical activity and walking performance for children with cerebral palsy. Methodology The study included 79 children with cerebral palsy (Gross Motor Functional Classification System – […]

Benefits of Structured Bimanual Skill Practice

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Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on the benefits of structured bimanual skill practice.  Twenty children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) participated in the study in order to determine the importance of skill progression during intensive bimanual practice on movement coordination.   Methodology of the Study on the Benefits of Structured Bimanual Skill Practice The […]

Development of Motor Performance Continues for Years in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

The Annals of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published research on activity performance curves for individuals with cerebral palsy to determine if the development of motor performance continues for years in individuals with cerebral palsy. The researchers completed a longitudinal assessment on 421 participants with cerebral palsy from ages 1 to 20 years old and Gross […]

Upper Limb Contractures in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published research on upper limb contractures in children with cerebral palsy. One-third of the children developed contractures. Age and risk factors are discussed.

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published research on upper limb contractures in children with cerebral palsy. The study investigated the longitudinal development of passive range of motion (ROM) in the upper limbs in 771 children with cerebral palsy (average age 11 years, 8 months), and evaluated which children were more likely to develop contractures related to functional […]

Will my child with cerebral palsy run?

Many times as therapists, parents, and teachers may ask will my child with cerebral palsy run?  Of course, we first get the question will they learn to walk but soon after running is the new goal. Recent research highlighted key points to help predict the ability to run in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. 

Will my child with cerebral palsy run? Many times as therapists, parents, and teachers may ask will my child with cerebral palsy run?  Of course, we first get the question will they learn to walk but soon after running is the new goal. Recent research highlighted key points to help predict the ability to run […]

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Action Planning and Execution in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on action planning and execution in children with cerebral palsy.  The goal of the study was to determine the differences in anticipatory visual patterns between 13 children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (average age 6.8 years) and 15 typically developing children (average age 5.8 years).  In addition, visuomotor coordination was assessed in the children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Action Planning and Execution in Children with Cerebral Palsy Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on action planning and execution in children with cerebral palsy.  The goal of the study was to determine the differences in anticipatory visual patterns between 13 children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (average age 6.8 years) and 15 typically developing children (average […]

Wii Training for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The Wii consists of fun activities that provide immediate feedback and progress the user to more advanced levels.  Using Wii training for children with cerebral palsy may increase motivational level, engagement and practice time.

Wii Training for Children with Cerebral Palsy Are you familiar with the Nintendo Wii?  The Wii is a commercially available interactive computer game consisting of fun activities that provide immediate feedback and progress the user to more advanced levels.  The WiiFit also comes with a balance board to challenge postural control and balance while measuring success.  Using […]