Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-5-2018

Publication Title

Developmental Neurorehabilitation

ISSN

1751-8431

Medical Subject Headings

Cerebral Palsy; Child - Preschool; Gait; Torso; Motor Skills

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of a body weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) intervention on postural control and gross motor function in three young children with cerebral palsy (CP) classified as Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels IV or V.

METHOD: Children (N = 3) between the ages of 2-3 years who were diagnosed with CP classified as GMFCS levels IV and V participated in BWSTT three times per week. The Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) and the gross motor function measure (GMFM-66) were assessed before and after the 6-week intervention.

RESULTS: Final testing revealed that all participants improved on the SATCo and GMFM.

CONCLUSION: BWSTT is a viable intervention that may improve trunk control and gross motor outcomes in young children with severe CP. Further research is needed to explore the impact of BWSTT for young children classified as GMFCS levels IV and V.

First Page

1

Last Page

5

PubMed ID

30289316

Comments

The version of record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Developmental Neurorehabilitation, October 5, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1080/17518423.2018.1527862.

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