Children with trunk hypotonia may have limited ability to maintain an upright weight-bearing position, resulting in decreased postural control and a delay in achieving gross motor milestones.
The purpose of this case series is to report the effect of a home-based dynamic standing program on postural control and gross motor activity in 2 children with trunk hypotonia.
Child 1 (aged 24 months, Gross Motor Function Classification Scale Level IV) and Child 2 (aged 21 months, Gross Motor Function Classification Scale Level V) participated in a standing program using the Upsee harness at home 3 days per week for 12 weeks.
Both children improved their gross motor function, and Child 1 demonstrated improved trunk control in sitting.
WHAT THIS CASE ADDS:
The use of the Upsee harness was an effective intervention for these children with trunk hypotonia to achieve weight-bearing and improve gross motor abilities.
Ardolino E, Flores M, Manella K. Gross motor outcomes after dynamic weight-bearing in 2 children with trunk hypotonia: a case series. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017;29(4):360-364. doi:10.1097/PEP.0000000000000449