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Body representation in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Authors
  • Fontes, Patrícia Lemos Bueno1, 2
  • Cruz, Thalita Karla Flores1
  • Souto, Deisiane Oliveira1
  • Moura, Ricardo1
  • Haase, Vitor Geraldi1
  • 1 a Programa de Pós-graduação em Neurociências , Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais , Belo Horizonte , Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 2 b Department of Physiotherapy , Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais , Belo Horizonte , Brazil. , (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Child Neuropsychology
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2017
Volume
23
Issue
7
Pages
838–863
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/09297049.2016.1191629
PMID: 27282627
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Clinical observations indicate that many children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy refrain from using or disregard the affected upper limb. The aim of the present study is to investigate deficits in different body representations (body schema, body structural description, and body image) in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) compared to typically-developing (TD) children. Three groups of children participated in this study: 42 TD children (aged 5.17-10.91 years), 23 children with right HCP (aged 5.83-10.92 years), and 22 children with left HCP (aged 5.67-10.90 years). The results demonstrate generalized deficits in all three body representations in children with HCP, and do not offer evidence for an effect of hemiplegia laterality.

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