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Less Affected Hand in Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Less Affected Hand in Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Less Affected Hand in Unilateral Cerebral Palsy When working with children who have hemiplegia, do you address the less affected hand in unilateral cerebral palsy?  Or do you assume that the less affected hand is within normal limits for typical child development?  Sometimes, the difference between the hands, gives the impression that the less affected […]

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Motor Planning and Cerebral Palsy

Motor Planning and Cerebral Palsy

Motor Planning and Cerebral Palsy The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology recently published longitudinal research on motor planning and cerebral palsy.  Motor planning is the ability to plan out all the steps required for a motor action and carry out each step in the correct order.  It is important to have efficient motor planning […]

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Research Review on CIMT and Bimanual Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

CIMT and Bimanual Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Research Review on CIMT and Bimanual Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy Pediatric Physical Therapy published a systematic review comparing modified constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) and intensive bimanual therapy in upper limb function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy.  After searching 4 electronic databases from 2009-2015, eight articles met the inclusion criteria with a total of […]

Functional Power Training Program for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Functional Power Training Program for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Functional Power Training Program for Children with Cerebral Palsy Did you know that 60-70% of ambulatory children with spastic cerebral palsy are integrated into their community, schools and recreational activities?  These children strive to participate in the same activities as their typical developing friends and peers. It can be very difficult though due to decreased walking […]

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Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy Disability and Rehabilitation published research to examine explicit and implicit learning in children with unilateral cerebral palsy.  The study compared the motor learning of children with left and right unilateral cerebral palsy and typically developing children while they shuffled disks toward a target using a prism-adaptation design.  Each […]

AFOs, Walking and Cerebral Palsy

AFOs Walking and Cerebral Palsy

The Annals of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published a systemic review on ankle foot orthotics AFOs, walking and cerebral palsy. The purpose of the study was to complete a systematic review of the literature to determine if AFOs produce a more normal gait pattern by positioning joints in the proper position to reduce pathological reflex […]

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Feeding Difficulties and Children with Cerebral Palsy

Feeding Difficulties Cerebral Palsy

Children with cerebral palsy may present with feeding difficulties which have an effect on growth, nutrition, general health and social interaction.  These feeding difficulties in children with cerebral palsy include issues such as choking, feeding time greater than 3 hours per day, frequent vomiting and and difficulties with chewing.  One protocol that has been created to help with […]

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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 […]

CIMT, Bimanual Therapy and OT Home Programs

CIMT Bimanual Therapy OT Home Programs

CIMT, Bimanual Therapy and OT Home Programs: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy published a research review to determine how bimanual therapy and modified constraint induced movement therapy or constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) methods are used for occupational therapy home programs. A literature search was completed and 5 studies met the inclusion criteria.  The research […]

Effects of Stabilization Exercises on Balance in Children with Cerebral Palsy

The Journal of Physical Therapy Science published research examining  the effects of stabilization exercises on balance in children with cerebral palsy.  The participants included 11 school aged children diagnosed with cerebral palsy (GMFCS Levels I-III). Each child engaged in stabilization exercises of neck and trunk twice per week for eight weeks with each treatment lasting […]