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 […]

Examining Gross Motor Progress in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Examining Gross Motor Progress in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Examining Gross Motor Progress in Children with Cerebral Palsy Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics published research examining gross motor progress in children with cerebral palsy.  The researchers wanted to determine the factors that influence progress.  The prospective study was based on 2048 assessments of 442 children (2-12 years old) diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  The […]

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Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children

Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children

Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research examining the relationship of manual dexterity and cognitive functioning in children after neonatal arterial ischemic stroke regardless of a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. The participants included 60 children with a past history of neonatal arterial ischemic stroke without epilepsy.  Fifteen children had a […]

Educating Caregivers Improves Self Care and Mobility Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Educating Caregivers Improves Self Care and Mobility Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Educating Caregivers Improves Self Care and Mobility Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy Do you spend time educating parents on how to carry over therapeutic activities?  Most pediatric therapists do and recent research indicates it may be an integral part of improving self-care and mobility skills in children with cerebral palsy.  Clinical Rehabilitation published a […]

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3 Simple Tips to Improve Playtime for Children with Disabilities

3 Simple Tips to Improve Playtime for Children with Disabilities

3 Simple Tips to Improve Playtime for Children with Disabilities Children learn through play and parents help to direct that play throughout development.  For children with disabilities, playtime can sometimes be a struggle based on the child’s physical abilities (i.e. hand manipulation), toy choice and environment.  The overall goal of playtime is for children to […]

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Breathing in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Breathing in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Breathing in Children with Cerebral Palsy Developmental Neurorehabilitation published research comparing breathing in children with cerebral palsy to neurotypical peers.  The participants in the study included 20 children with cerebral palsy (GMFCS levels I-III) and 20 neurotypical children ages 7-11 years old.  To determine the immediate effect of breathing rate on heart rate (HR) and heart […]

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Rhythmic Auditory Cueing and Gait

Rhythmic Auditory Cueing and Gait

Rhythmic Auditory Cueing and Gait Rhythmic auditory cueing provides a uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat or accent to offer an external cue for to influence motor execution.  Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment published a research review to analyze the effects of rhythmic auditory cueing on spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters of gait in people with cerebral palsy.  After reviewing […]

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Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy Disability and Rehabilitation published a systemic review to determine the effectiveness of active exercise interventions for improving gross motor activity/participation of school-aged, ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy. The systemic review included 34 studies with seven interventions that reported on gross motor function although a limited number studied participation […]

Task-Oriented Training for Children with Hemiplegia

Task Oriented Training for Children with Hemiplegia

Task-Oriented Training for Children with Hemiplegia The Journal of Physical Therapy published research on task-oriented training for children with hemiplegia.  The researchers investigated the effects of task-oriented training (TOT) on hand dexterity and strength in 12 children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy.  Six children were assigned to the experimental group who received the task-oriented training for […]

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Young People’s Attitudes About Standing Frames

Young Peoples Attitudes About Standing Frames

Young People’s Attitudes About Standing Frames As therapists, we frequently recommend standing frames for children with cerebral palsy or other developmental disorders.  A question to ask yourself is do you frequently check for ease and comfort of use with the client? This is a question that needs to be asked over and over again. Children […]